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NHS Charities

There are over 230 NHS charities across the UK and most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more. Collectively these charities give over £1million every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster. In recent years NHS charities have funded major capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment at our hospitals, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most.

There is so much love for the NHS and this was evident following the launch our Covid-19 Appeal in March 2020, to support staff, volunteers, and patients through the immediate and long-term effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

To date, NHS Charities Together have allocated over £140 million in a range of projects supporting the NHS. These include counselling services, helplines, and intensive psychological support for staff; patient focused initiatives like training for emergency responders, research into long COVID, and specialist equipment; and projects designed to make access to healthcare more equal – so the best of NHS care is available to everyone, now and in the future.

NHS charities also play a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS staff, brightening wards and waiting areas with colourful and engaging art and building an important link between our hospitals and our communities. Other NHS charities support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts.

These vital funds and services are above and beyond what the NHS alone can provide, touching lives and making a huge difference to millions of people when they are at their most vulnerable.

To read real life stories of the difference NHS charities make, visit the NHS Charities Together website 

The Association of NHS Charities & NHS Charities Together

Founded in 2000, the Association of NHS Charities started as an informal group of the largest NHS Charities which came together to provide mutual support and a forum for discussion. Since then, we have changed our name to NHS Charities Together (to better reflect what we do and who we support) and grown steadily, welcoming charities both large and small from across England and Wales, as well as Scotland and Northern Ireland.  Today NHS Charities Together represents 100% of the NHS charity sector in the UK as members.

NHS Charities Together provides a forum for nationwide fundraising and advocacy campaigns, provides advice and guidance to its members, bespoke conferences and training days covering issues and development opportunities for NHS Charities, as well as access to online resources and support through exclusive member pages on the website.

Vision, Mission and values

Our Vision: Helping the NHS tackle today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities

Our Mission: With our NHS charity members, we are here for the people of the NHS: staff, patients and their families, as a catalyst and convenor of ideas, programmes and partnership that help the NHS recover from the impact of Covid-19, reducing health inequalities and helping to save lives

How we work:

  • Actively listen – we seek first to understand before we are understood
  • Collaborate – together we are more than the sum of our parts
  • Every life counts – we champion diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do

Strategic Objectives: 

  1. To champion, influence and invest in NHS strategies that improve the health and wellness of NHS people: staff and volunteers, and reduce health inequalities in the workforce
  2. To empower the NHS charity sector to be high performing, effective and impactful
  3. To be a catalyst and convenor of partnerships between the NHS, NHS charities and the wider voluntary health sector to advance great ideas that prevent ill health and improve of long-term health conditions
  4. To promote understanding of and increase charitable giving in the NHS and demonstrate the difference this makes
  5. To be a financially sustainable, responsive, and well governed organisation that values and develops our staff, actively practicing the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion

Our Future

This is an exciting time to join NHS Charities Together. The heartfelt support from the public for the NHS over the last two years has resulted in a significant increase in our external brand awareness, in addition to our focus on member charities. Our new five-year strategy defines the ongoing vital role that we and other NHS charities will play in helping the NHS go further for NHS charities, workforce and patients now and in years to come. The Director of Strategy and Impact will play a key role in our future success.