The UK’s leading mental healthcare charity

St Andrew’s is a charity providing specialist mental healthcare for patients with some of the most complex, challenging mental health needs in the UK.

We care for patients across six ‘pathways’: Men’s Mental Health, Women’s Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Neuropsychiatry, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Learning Disability.

The majority of our 900 patients are referred to us via the NHS. We develop innovative ways to help patients recover, creating a package of care designed around each individual, their preferences and needs. We focus on physical and spiritual wellbeing as well as mental health.

Occupational and creative therapies include arts, horticulture, ceramics, woodwork, textiles and catering.

As part of their recovery journey, many patients gain work skills and experience at the charity’s Workbridge arm in Northampton. 


St Andrew’s as a charity

Our history as a charity begins in 1838 with the opening of our hospital at Northampton offering 'humane' care to the mentally ill.

As a charity our surpluses are reinvested in patient care. We have no shareholders or owners to pay dividends to, and we can therefore put people first.

Our registered charity number is 1104951.

Some facts…

  • We employ more than 4,500 people across four locations
  • We care for up to 900 patients in 78 wards
  • The charity was originally established in 1838
  • More than 90 per cent of our patients are placed with us via the NHS
  • We train clinical leaders for the future through our teaching programme 
  • We work in partnership with universities around the country 
  • Our research is improving understanding of mental health
  • We share our knowledge widely through our annual conference and events programme.

Our strategy and values

Our vision is “transforming lives by building world-class mental healthcare services.” 

We’ll achieve our vision by delivering world-class, holistic care, developing innovative therapies and treatments, and putting people first to prioritise safety and recovery.

Our five-year target is to transfer 1,500 patients to lower levels of security. In the same time frame we want to drive our staff engagement up to 75%, achieve 'Outstanding' ratings from the CQC for our sites and generate £100m to invest in patient care.

The charity has four core values, known as our CARE values :


Every month colleagues from across the charity nominate one another for displaying these value behaviours in their day to day work. We celebrate them through our CARE award scheme, which culminates in an Awards dinner once a year.