A leading mental healthcare charity

St Andrew’s Healthcare is a charity providing specialist mental healthcare for patients with some of the most complex, challenging mental health needs in the UK. We provide care across a number of services, including Men’s Mental Health, Women’s Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Neuropsychiatry, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Learning Disability, with the majority of our 600 patients referred to us via the National Health Service.

We develop innovative ways to help patients recover, creating a package of care designed around each individual, their preferences and needs. We focus on physical and spiritual wellbeing as well as mental health.

Occupational and creative therapies include, horticulture, ceramics, woodwork, textiles and catering. As part of their recovery journey, many patients gain work skills and experience at Workbridge, which offers a vocational pathway.

St Andrew’s Healthcare - a brief charity overview

Our history began in 1838 with the opening of our hospital at Northampton offering 'humane' care to the mentally ill. Over 180 years later, our charitable purpose is the same: to ‘relieve suffering, give hope and promote recovery.

As a charity our surpluses are reinvested in patient care. We have no shareholders or owners to pay dividends to, and we can therefore put people first. Our registered charity number is 1104951.

Some facts:

  • We employ more than 4,000 people across four locations
  • We care for around 600 people
  • The charity was originally established in 1838
  • More than 90 per cent of our patients are placed with us via the NHS
  • We train clinical leaders for the future through our teaching programme 
  • We work in partnership with universities around the UK 
  • Our research is improving understanding of mental health
  • We share our knowledge widely through our annual conference and events programme

St Andrew's Healthcare - strategy and values

Our charitable purpose is to relieve suffering, give hope and promote recovery.

We will achieve this by focusing on six core areas:

  • Quality of care
  • Delivering value
  • Buildings and Information
  • People
  • New partnerships
  • Innovation and research

The charity has four core values, known as our CARE values: Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence.

Every month, colleagues from across the charity nominate one another for displaying these value behaviours in their day-to-day work. We celebrate their achievements through our CARE Awards scheme, which culminates in an awards dinner once a year.