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Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust is a medium-sized acute foundation trust in the North West of England, within the Greater Manchester footprint. Initially formed as an NHS Trust following the merger of Wrightington NHS Trust and Wigan and Leigh Health Services NHS Trust, we were established as a foundation trust in December 2008. .

Our purpose is to provide the best possible healthcare for our community, and our vision as an organisation is to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

We aim to do this through our newly-introduced strategy, The WWL Way 4wards, which sets out four corporate objectives:

• Patients: Every patient receives the best possible care
• People: Everyone has the opportunity to achieve their purpose
• Performance: We aim to be in the top 10%
• Partnerships: We work together for the best patient outcomes

For over a decade we have committed to delivering high quality services and this continues at the heart of our new strategy. We define quality using three descriptors:

• Safe, meaning it is our job to protect our patients against harm;
• Effective, meaning it is our job to treat patients effectively with good clinical outcomes; and
• Caring, meaning it is our job to care compassionately for patients and to meet their personal needs

We serve a local population of 318,000 and provide specialist services to a much wider regional, national and international catchment area. We provide our clinical services from our five main sites: Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wrightington Hospital, Leigh Infirmary, Thomas Linacre Centre and Boston House and some non-clinical services within office accommodation in the town centre of Wigan. We employ over 5000 members of staff, all of whom play their part in delivering high quality, safe and effective patient care.