West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT)

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital and some community health care services to the population of West Suffolk and is an associate teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge. Serving a predominantly rural geographical area with a population of around 280,000 and employing just over 3,000 staff

Their main site, the 430-bed West Suffolk Hospital, there is a purpose-built Macmillan Unit for the care of people with cancer, a dedicated eye treatment centre and a day surgery unit where children and adults are treated. Access to specialist services is offered to local residents by networking with tertiary centres, most notably Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge.

People, prevention and partnerships

Their values (which you can see on the right) are designed to guide the way they behave and how they want people to experience Sussex Partnership, whether as someone who uses their services, works with them or work.

At Sussex Partnership we will invest in you and support you to reach your full potential to become the nurse you want to be. We look forward to hearing about your hopes and aspirations and working with you to ensure you have a fulfilling career.

Their organisational strategy is based on people, prevention and partnerships and describes how they plan to improve the experience, wellbeing and health of people who use their services, their families and carers, their staff and the communities they serve.

First for the patients - First for the staff - First for the future

Their First values are the guiding principles and behaviours which run through our organisation and will help us deliver our vision and ambitions in the right way. The Trust will use them to always strive to improve the services we provide to their community and the way that we work as a team and with their partners.

S A F E T Y 

New five-year strategy: First for our patients, staff and the future (2021-2026). Built on the foundations of the previous strategy, it sets the direction of the organisation over the next five years. It has had input and feedback from a broad range of people who helped shape it, both in the Trust and more widely.


Situated in the market town of Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is a sought-after place to both live and work, and with access to Cambridge, Norwich, London, the Midlands, and the east coast, cities are within easy reach. 

In the NHS staff survey results for 2016, it emerged as the acute trust with the best performance engagement score throughout the whole of England. 

Working here - Hear from their nurses

“I came to the UK from India 14 years ago to improve my personal and professional life. I started working at Sussex Partnership five years ago. The Trust supported me to prepare for my OSCE examination and I passed first time! With the proper training and support it wasn’t difficult. I now work on Orchard Ward, which is an acute ward for elderly people. The three words I would use to describe Sussex Partnership are supportive, caring and protective. For me, working here is a pleasure. The management are very supportive of my career goals, I am given training and educational opportunities that improve my skills and confidence, and I am able to work flexible hours that work well around my family.” – Nisha Sany

Praise for supporting internationally educated NHS staff

Our Trust has been awarded the NHS Pastoral Care Quality Award in recognition of its commitment to providing high-quality pastoral care for internationally educated nurses and midwives.

We are proud to be one of the first in the region to receive the award, after having been identified as operating ‘best practice’, as set by NHS international recruitment leads and international nursing and midwifery associations.

This award showcases our support and appreciation of international colleagues and the unique contribution they bring to the organisation.

Where to find West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT)

Living in West Suffolk

Located in the county of Suffolk, England. West Suffolk is a predominantly rural district, well-connected with the counties of Cambridge, Essex and Nortfolk.

West Suffolk offers a mix of lifestyles, a rural countryside that hosts numerous festivals and is home to many artists but at the same time is the ideal location for those who want a real feel from the countryside, history and culture.