About us

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) provides community health, mental health and learning disability services to support more 3.2 million people living across Bedfordshire, Essex and Suffolk.

We are large employer in the East of England with more than 5,400 staff working across more than 200 sites. We also provide services in people’s home and community settings.


EPUT was formed on 1 April 2017 following the merger of North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) and South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT).

Our vision and values

Our organisational vision is: Working to improve lives

The vision is backed up by the values we operate under:

  • Open
  • Empowering
  • Compassionate

Our strategic objectives

  • To continuously improve service user experience and outcomes through the delivery of high quality, safe, and innovative services.
  • To be a high performing health and care organisation and in the top 25% of community and mental health foundation trusts.
  • To be a valued system leader focused on integrated solutions that are shaped by the communities we serve.

Our services include:

Mental health services – we provide a wide range of treatment and support to young people, adults and older people experiencing mental illness both as inpatients and within the community.  This includes; including treatment, in secure and specialised settings.  A number of our specialist services have achieved accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Community health services – our diverse range of community health services provide support and treatment to both adults and children. We deliver this care in community hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries and in our patients’ homes.

Learning disabilities services – we provide crisis support and inpatient services and our community learning disability teams work in partnership with local councils to provide assessment and support for adults with learning disabilities.

As part of our a commitment to driving up quality in services for people with learning disabilities we are proud to say that we have signed up to the Driving Up Quality Code. Our self -assessment contains the full details of our commitment.

Social care – We provide personalised social care support to people with a range of needs, including people with learning disabilities or mental illness, supporting people to live independently.

Find out more about the services we offer in our service directory.

Involving local people

EPUT is a foundation trust. This means that local people have greater involvement in the way we develop and run our services. It also gives us more flexibility in the way we can manage and invest our finances, allowing us to be more responsive to the needs of local communities.

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