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Sheffield Children's Hospital

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is one of only three dedicated children’s hospital trusts in the UK and provides integrated healthcare for children and young people, including community and mental health care as well as acute and specialist services.

We see children from 0-16 in most cases and in some cases up to 18.

We provide a full range of services for residents of Sheffield and South Yorkshire as well as specialised services for patients from across the United Kingdom.

Caring for patients across the UK

Demand for our services is growing and we are increasingly delivering healthcare to patients over a wider geographical area as our reputation for providing outstanding specialist care grows.

We have some of the best medical and surgical services for children in the country.

In 2022/23, 188,831 patients attended an outpatient appointment (including over 25% virtual appointments). A further 65,348 children attended A&E. 26,125 Mental Health community contacts and 114,883 community health contacts were made across the Sheffield region. Our Embrace service made 1,908 critical care transfers including 20 by helicopter and 7 in fixed wing planes and children were cared for overnight for 48,533 nights at one of our centres around Sheffield. 

Provider collaborative for CAMHS

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is the NHS Lead Provider for the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw (SYB) Provider Collaborative for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Provider collaboratives are new regional partnerships of organisations that provide specialised mental health services.

These partnerships are being established across England as part of a national programme of work that sees the responsibility for the commissioning of specialised mental health services transfer from the NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) Specialised Commissioning team to the new regional provider collaboratives.

The SYB Provider Collaborative for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) launched on 1 October 2021 and covers the following service areas:  General Adolescent and General Adolescent LD Services, Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU), Specialist CAMHS Eating Disorders Units, CAMHS Low Secure and CAMHS Low Secure LD and Autism/ASC Services.

Provider collaboratives comprise all the NHS Trusts and Independent Sector providers responsible for specialist mental health and learning disability and autism services for the population within a specific area. The SYB provider collaborative footprint covers Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. 

Our provider partners are Cygnet Hospital Sheffield and Riverdale Grange (eating disorders) who provide CAMHS services alongside the Becton Centre for Children and Young People provided by the Trust.

Together we will seek to transform specialised mental health services in line with the priorities outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan. To find out more visit


We employ more than 4,000 people and strive to recruit and retain the best doctors, nurses, allied health workers and other staff. The commitment of our employees is key to the Trust’s success and reputation.

The Trust is committed to being a leader in the field of training and research in children’s healthcare and we continue to deliver a strong portfolio of research and product innovation.

View our Staff A-Z and meet some of our teams.

Strategic aims

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust and our clinical services in our vision “to create a healthier future for children and young people.” 

  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children’s health

You can read more about our strategy at our Caring Together page.

Sustainable Travel Plan

We have released our Sheffield Children’s Sustainable Travel Plan for 2022-2025. This plan details all the sustainable travel focused work Sheffield Children’s will be doing over the next few years, while on the road to reach our aim of carbon net zero by 2045. 

Did you know that in 2020/21, visitors travelled almost 5 million miles to our sites in total, with an enormous 72% of those miles in a car? This equates to travelling around the earth 200 times! It is our aim to lower this and reach carbon net zero from patient and visitor related travel by 2045 at the latest.

Reducing emissions associated with traveling helps to lower the levels of air pollution in the area. Air pollution has negative impacts on our health, especially impacting children and young people.

Travelling to our Trust sites

We understand that as well as the cost of living, the rising costs of fuel in the country are affecting everyone. Alongside the plan, we have developed our travelling to Trust sites page on our website for patients, families and carers, giving you all the options and information you need to travel for your appointments and care (including video appointments) and we will be including this link in appointment letters.


Sheffield Children’s Hospital was first established in 1876. Since 1948 it has provided services under the NHS and in 1992 it was established as an NHS trust.

On August 1 2006, it became Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003.

Find out more about our foundation trust status.

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is registered without conditions with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care

The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care Board (ICB) is a partnership of 23 organisations responsible for looking after the health and care of the 1.5 million people living in Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. It is made up of NHS organisations (including us), local authorities and key voluntary sector and independent partners in our region.

An Integrated Care System is another way of describing the ambition we have locally to ensure health and care services are the best they can possibly be. By working together we will be able to better join up GPs and hospitals, physical and mental healthcare, social care and the NHS and give our patients the seamless care they have told us they want.

Through partnership working, we believe we can make real and long lasting improvements to the health of local people. As individuals and organisations working alone, we would never be able to achieve the same results.

Our goal is simple. We want everyone in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw to have a great start in life, with the support they need to stay healthy and live longer. To find out more visit:

In 2017 the partners who now form the Integrated Care System published a System Transformation Plan for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. Following the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan earlier in 2019 partners are now working together to create a new 5 year plan, which sets out how South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw organisations will work together to help deliver the Long Term Plan in our area.

Sheffield Health and Care Partnership

Sheffield Children’s is a member of Sheffield’s Health and Care Partnership (HCP), which brings together seven partners in the city to focus on issues that are better addressed collectively.

The partners are: Sheffield City Council, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, Primary Care Sheffield Ltd and Voluntary Action Sheffield.

The Sheffield HCP partnership vision is for our health and care services to be joined up, and seamless; to reduce and remove health inequalities in a way that involves people, their experiences and our communities at the centre. A video describing the vision of Sheffield HCP can be viewed here.

For more information on what the Sheffield HCP is and the work we are doing please visit the Sheffield HCP website.

CQC logoCQC rating

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has an overall CQC rating of good.

Our last full CQC inspection took place in July 2019 and the report can be read in full on the CQC website.

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