About us

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, formerly known as Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was established on 1 February 2008. Previously, the Trust had operated as Tameside and Glossop Acute Services NHS Trust since 1994.

The Trust operates from the Tameside General Hospital site and a number of community locations across Tameside and Glossop. The organisation serves a population of approximately 250,000 residing in the surrounding area of Tameside in Greater Manchester, and the town of Glossop in Derbyshire.


Employing approximately 3,800 staff, the Trust provides a range of services both within the hospital and in the local community. 

Foundation Trusts are still part of the NHS and subject to rigorous inspections, but patients, staff and local residents also have a say.

If you are interested in the future of your hospital and how it is run, visit the Foundation Trust Members' Area

Our Vision

Our vision is to improve health outcomes for our population and influence the wider determinants of health, through collaboration with the people of Tameside and Glossop and our health and care partners. 

Our Strategy 2017-2022: Beyond Patient Care to Population Health

In 2017 we set out our ambition and plan for the organisation over the next five years, which will take us up to and including 2022. These plans focus on how we embed the vision of a truly integrated care organisation across Tameside and Glossop. It means doing things differently than we have done before and looking at patients as individuals and not illnesses. 

You can take a look at our 2017-2022 Strategic Plan Summary Document by clicking here

Brief guide to our history

Tameside Hospital has been around in one form or another since its establishment around the old Darnton Building in 1861 by founders Samuel Oldham and Henry Darnton.

Oldham's stated intention in founding Ashton District Infirmary was to create an institution "for the relief and cure of sick and indigent persons resident, employed, or having been employed within 3 ½ miles of Ashton Town Hall." After its formation a separate workhouse was built nearby, the head building of which was Fountain House.

Upon the formation of the National Health Service in 1948, the old hospital joined with the buildings of the old workhouse (by then, thankfully, closed down) to form the new Ashton-under-Lyne General Hospital, now dedicated to fulfilling the NHS's ideals of providing healthcare to all, regardless of ability to pay. It has continued with this invaluable role ever since, and carries on today.

The hospital changed its name to Tameside General Hospital in 1976, and over the following decades new buildings were built to provide better standards of care for all the people of the surrounding towns of Tameside and Glossop, with the main centre of care shifting from the Darnton Building to the Hartshead Building.

In 2008 the hospital gained Foundation Trust status. 

Today the Trust isn't just a traditional hospital - it's so much more. Whilst we still offer acute services within hospital when somebody is sick, requires treatment or care, we also offer a wide range of community services. You can see our full range of services within 'Our Services' section of the website. But we don't stop there. A well as treating people when they are sick, it's also our vision to help people better understand how they can better take care of themselves, resulting in less need for hospital or health and care services. We work with voluntary organisations to help improve people's health in less traditional and clinical ways, something we call 'social prescribing'. This and other 'preventative' interventions are the future of the local health and care services and in Tameside and Glossop we're genuinely leading the way. 

Our Values and Behaviours

Our values and behaviours underpin everything we do. From our recruitment policy to the way we communicate with colleagues and patients, our values and behaviours should always be at the centre. In 2013 we looked at what we wanted to be as an organisation and following that exercise we developed our new values and behaviours - you can see them in full by clicking the link below. Our values and behaviours aren't just a collection of words, they have meaning - we believe in them and we expect our team to demonstrate them every day. 

Please visit Our Values page to read more.