About us

We strive to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we care for, our staff and members, to support and empower them to lead a fulfilling life.

Here at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) we are dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion. We deliver many of the NHS services that are provided outside of hospital and in the community, such as physical and mental health, and specialist services. Together with global, national and local partners, we conduct high-quality and ground-breaking research into mental and physical health and support innovation to improve patient care.

We are a health and social care organisation and have clinical teams providing services in inpatient, community and primary care settings. Services include:

  • Adult mental health
  • Forensic and specialist mental health
  • Older people’s mental health
  • Children’s mental health
  • Children’s community
  • Older people's and adult community
  • Specialist learning disability
  • Primary care and liaison psychiatry
  • Substance misuse
  • Social care
  • Research and development

We support a population of just under a million people and employ nearly 4,500 staff. Our biggest bases are at the Cavell Centre, Peterborough, and Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge, but our staff are based in more than 50 locations. This link directs you to more information on the services we provide. 

Please see the 'Further information' section at the bottom of this page to read a copy of our three-year Trust Strategy.

As a Foundation Trust, CPFT has a membership made up of members of the public, service users and staff. Being a member gives you the opportunity to have your say on how your health service is run. This link explains more about how you can become a member and shape our services.

CPFT is supported by the Head to Toe Charity. This link explains more about the charity.
CPFT became a smoke-free Trust on 1 October 2017. This link directs you to information about our smoke-free status.

Our statement of purpose

CPFT strives to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we care for, our staff and members, to support and empower them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our values - PRIDE

Image of our Values

Professionalism - We will maintain the highest standards and develop ourselves and others ... by demonstrating compassion and showing care, honesty and flexibility
Respect - We will create positive relationships ... by being kind, open and collaborative
Innovation -  We are forward thinking, research focused and effective ... by using evidence to shape the way we work
Dignity - We will treat you as an individual ... by taking the time to hear, listen and understand
Empowerment - We will support you ... by enabling you to make effective, informed decisions and to build your resilience and independence

Our work is guided and supported by the pledges and values in the NHS Constitution.

Research at CPFT

We are a University of Cambridge Teaching Trust and member of Cambridge University Health Partners working with the University of Cambridge Clinical School and Anglia Ruskin University. This link directs you to the Cambridge University Health Partners website. You can view more information about our research programmes through this link. 

We are also a partner in the National Institute for Health Research's Applied Research Collaboration East of England. The NIHR ARC East of England is a five-year collaboration between CPFT, and the Universities of Cambridge, East Anglia, Hertfordshire and Essex along with other NHS Trusts, Local Authorities, Regional Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs), patient-led organisations, charities, and industry partners across the region. ARC East of England has a focus on improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people in complex health systems, while retaining a population health view. 

Privacy notice

Find out why we collect information about our patients and how we use this information in the 'Further information' section below.

Zero tolerance

Our staff are committed to treating you with dignity and respect at all times and, in return, we expect you to treat them in the same way. Our staff and their wellbeing is very important to us and we have a zero tolerance policy towards this. If our staff feel that behaviour reaches an unacceptable level and breaches our zero-tolerance policy we will issue warning letters, which can result in the withdrawal of care. We don’t want this to happen so please work with us and be respectful to our staff. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Social media and zero tolerance

Social media is used increasingly by patients to help them understand the growing number of healthcare choices and the quality of services available to them. It also supports stronger engagement between staff, employers and the public, which patients say improves the quality of care.

CPFT uses a range of social media platforms, such as X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. We do this to engage with different audiences, share the Trust's latest news stories and events and to keep involved with the communities in which we serve.  Threatening behaviour that targets staff members on social media is unacceptable.

If someone has a complaint or comment about the quality of treatment they have received, they should get in touch immediately by e-mailing palsandcomplaints@cpft.nhs.uk so we can look into the issue as quickly and effectively as possible. 

Gender pay gap report

This link directs you to our gender pay gap report found on the government website. A copy can also be found in the 'Further information' section below.

Modern slavery act statement 

CPFT has a zero-tolerance approach to slavery. A copy of the Trust's statement can be found in the 'Further information' section below.

Eliminating mixed-sex accommodation 

This link directs you to a summary of the Trust's position against the standards.

As a patient

As a patient, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Patient Advice and Liaison service  Contact the Trust