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Sheffield Hosptials Charity

Sheffield Hospitals Charity: A brief history

Sheffield Hospitals Charity is the working name of Sheffield Hospitals Charitable Trust
and related charities (registered number 1059043).

It is an independent charity that exists to raise and receive donations for any charitable purpose
relating to the National Health Service (NHS) wholly or mainly for the services provided within Sheffield.

It is the official NHS charity serving all the NHS Foundation Trusts in Sheffield and took its current form in April 2000 when the Sheffield Health Authority Charitable Fund merged with the Special Trustees for the Former United Sheffield Hospitals Charitable Funds.

The beginnings of these two charities can be traced back to the formation of the National Health Service in 1948. At that time, the teaching hospitals in Sheffield became the United Sheffield Hospitals, which covered the Royal Infirmary, the Royal Hospital, the Jessop Hospital for Women, the Children’s Hospital, the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, the Edgar Allen Physical Treatment Centre and the Hallamshire Hospital Out-patients’ Department.

Under the 1973 National Health Service Reorganisation Act, the Special Trustees for the Former United Sheffield Hospitals Charitable Funds came into being in April 1974, replacing the Board of Governors of the United Sheffield Hospitals. The Act replaced the Hospital Management Committees with Corporate Trustees, who were empowered to accept and administer future endowments and also set the condition that Trustees could only spend the money to benefit the original hospitals, which included those listed above plus Whiteley Wood Clinic and Fulwood Hospital.

With the closure of the Royal Infirmary, the Royal Hospital and Fulwood Hospital, the relevant funds were transferred either to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital or the Northern General Hospital depending on the destination of each speciality. When the Edgar Allen Physical Treatment Centre closed, its charitable funds were transferred to the Nether Edge Hospital and the same happened when this hospital finally closed.

Non-teaching hospital funds were transferred to Hospital Endowment Funds with the income distributed to Hospital Management Committees and Regional Hospital Boards. This covered the Northern General Hospital, Weston Park Hospital and Community and Mental Health services. Health Authority Trustees were formally created under the National Health Service Act 1977 when the Sheffield Health Authority Charitable Fund was created.

Following the dissolution of District Health Authorities in 2000, Strategic Health Authorities were formed but were not permitted to hold charitable funds. At this point the two charities were merged under Statutory Instrument to form the charity as it is today.