Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2004 as one of the first 10 foundation trusts created under the NHS Act 2003, and is the successor organisation to Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust. Our 4,000+ staff at our hospitals in Peterborough and Stamford are, without doubt, our greatest asset. Their dedication to duty, often in the most challenging environments, means they continuously strive to ensure our patients receive the right care, first time, every time. For that the Trust Board of Directors and I are extremely grateful and proud. Peterborough City Hospital opened in 2010 and has 623 inpatient beds - with approximately 50% located in single rooms with ensuite facilities. As well as elective and emergency care, the hospital provides a full range of acute services, including cancer, maternity and children's care, to a catchment of approximately 500,000 citizens across Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, South Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. Our hospital at Stamford is more traditional and very well regarded by the community it serves. It provides a wide range of outpatient services, a Minor Injuries Unit and day case procedures. It is the base for the Trust’s Pain Management services and also houses a 22-bed inpatient ward. hospitals (day and night) talking to staff and patients. It gives me a chance to appreciate what it is like at the sharp end of delivering patient care across our Trust. Departments 1. Clinical departments 2. Maternity services 3. Cancer services 4. Women’s Health 5. Emergency services 6. Children’s services Research and Development Research is a core part of the work the NHS carries out. Our Research and Development team is working hard to raise the profile of the clinical research trials we run throughout our hospitals and our Board has approved a five-year research and development strategy to increase our trial portfolio. The trials we assist with provide our patients with the chance to receive the latest treatments that would not otherwise be available to them. This commitment to stay abreast of the latest treatments enables us to provide the highest quality of care for our patients. A wide range of research trials are running across the whole of the Trust at any one time, with the main areas of activity taking place in oncology, cardiology, stroke, surgery, dementia, paediatrics and neurodegenerative diseases. These trials range from observational trials to interventional and medicinal trials.