Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust

Dear Learner

Welcome to Musgrove Park Hospital! Below is some general information which is available with additional detail via our website.

We look forward to meeting you and working with you whilst you are here on placement. We value your contribution to our team and also appreciate your feedback (via your university or when you are on placement). The Placement Team is here to support you and your mentor; we strive to meet you at induction and during your time with us. 

Musgrove Park Hospital is part of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. We are a district general hospital, providing care to a population of over 340,000. We also provide some specialist services for the whole of Somerset, making our catchment population around 544,000. 

The hospital has over 700 beds, 30 wards, 15 operating theatres, a fully equipped diagnostic imaging department and a purpose built cancer treatment centre which includes outpatient, chemotherapy day care, radiotherapy and inpatient facilities. Every year we see:

  • over 41,000 patients admitted as emergencies
  • nearly 9,000 patients admitted for elective surgery
  • nearly 34,000 day case surgery patients
  • around 315,500 patients who attend outpatient clinics
  • around 56,000 patients who attend our emergency department
  • around 235,000 diagnostic imaging examinations that take place
  • nearly 3,400 babies born in our maternity department
  • over 300 adults and children admitted to our intensive care and high dependency units.

We have around 4,000 staff, and an annual budget of £246.7 million.

Our values

To put our patients first by working as one team, leading and listening, and striving for the best. Together, we make the difference.
We know our staff can make a hugely positive difference to patients’ lives and we are committed to doing just that by working together to embed a positive culture and way of working that enables us to deliver the right outcomes for our patients, whatever our challenges may be.

We will work towards achieving this by:

Putting our patients first
We believe the best patient care comes from making sure every action is considered from a patient’s perspective. Patients are at the centre of everything we do and we fully embrace the importance of responding to the individual needs of them.

Having a one team approach
We know the best patient care depends on having staff who work together as one team; that’s why we encourage great teamwork across our hospital. We believe this approach helps ensure that everyone adds value to the care we provide.    

Leading and listening
Clear leadership and a willingness to learn are essential for delivering the best patient care. We expect everyone at Musgrove to be open and honest, and to always look for ways to learn and improve. We actively encourage our patients and visitors to feedback on our services, and we aim to respond to this in positive ways that will benefit our patients.

Striving for the best

We are committed to delivering excellent patient care, and our staff strive to continually improve our quality of services we provide. We understand the importance of using our time and money in the most efficient and effective ways and we regularly review and reflect on our processes, practices and systems to make sure they are still working for us.

Together we make the difference
We believe the best patient care is delivered by engaged and inspired staff; at every opportunity, we give all of our staff the chance to influence and get involved with developments and changes here at Musgrove Park Hospital.
We also really appreciate that our patients, partners and local community are integral to our organisation. We believe in the importance of involving them in our work and we
embrace opportunities to work with them.

We look forward to meeting you when you are with us on placement.