About the National Centre for Rural Health and Care

About the National Centre for Rural Health and Care

The National Centre for Rural Health and Care has been established as a Community Interest Company, national in scope with a HQ in Lincolnshire.

It acts as a governance vehicle for formal collaboration amongst partners interested in the four key drivers of impact in rural health and care, as well as influencing policy and strategy:

  • Data – scoping and measuring the challenge and the response to it
  • Research – identifying and testing what works
  • Technology – shrinking distances between and adding to the human capacity in rural communities
  • Workforce and Learning – making the case for rural settings as the location of choice for ambitious health and care professionals


Key activities of the centre include:

  • Horizon scanning for good practice and to predict future issues/needs
  • Brokering collaboration where innovation or good practice exists or can be stimulated
  • Supporting the development of bids for funding or specific cases for private investment
  • Supporting the piloting/testing of products and services
  • Working to scale up effective products and services
  • Evaluating the impact of products on services in addressing rural health challenges
  • Through focused dissemination and networking generating wide scale adoption of what works


The scale of the population and the market for the national centre is huge – there are over 9 million rural residents according the 2011 Census, they represent around 18% of the population of England and are relatively older than their urban counterparts.

Understanding and responding to the health and care needs of such a large proportion of the population provides scope for significant savings to the public purse through preventive outcomes. Where these savings are driven out by commercial and social innovation there is the potential for significant income generation and jobs growth. 

Current partners in the centre are: East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, Health Education England, Public Health England, Lincolnshire County Council, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, University of Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincolnshire Economic Action Partnership, the private sector and the voluntary and community sector.

To find out more about our partners, please see:

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Rural Services Network

University of Lincoln

A copy of an impact card showing a list of our achievements can be accessed here:

One of the member benefits is a portfolio of information on social value measures, please see the social value engine for more information. 

A list of our members:

  • ACRE
  • Airedale NHS Trust
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Alertacall
  • Broadacres Housing Association
  • C.co. 
  • Community Heart Beat
  • Community Lincs
  • Cornwall Rural Community Charity
  • Dispensing Doctors’ Association
  • Dorset CCG
  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust The Cornwall Partnership
  • Dove Housing
  • East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Faculty of Public Health SW
  • Germinate
  • HBV Limited (Extra Care Developers)
  • Home Instead (Care Provider)
  • Karbon Homes
  • Kate Pym (Health Consultant)
  • Kent, Surrey, Sussex AHSN
  • Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lincolnshire CC
  • Lincolnshire CCGs
  • Lincolnshire LMC
  • Lincolnshire STP
  • Lincs Refugee Doctors
  • Linkage Trust (Charity Supporting People with Learning Disabilities)
  • NHS North Cumbria
  • NHS South Lancashire Care NHS Trust
  • Norfolk and Waveney STP
  • Norfolk Community Health and Care NHST Trust
  • Northern Devon Health Care NHS Trust
  • Northamptonshire Partnership Trust
  • Northamptonshire ACRE
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Outside the Box
  • Oxford Health NHS Trust
  • Parkinson’s UK
  • Pub is the Hub
  • Royal College of GPs Rural Committee
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust  
  • Shropshire CC
  • Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust
  • Support in Mind Scotland
  • Taunton and Somerset Partnership NHS Trust
  • Tees Valley Rural Action
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Foundation Trust
  • The Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • The National Youth Agency
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University of Birmingham (City REDI)
  • University of Chester
  • University of Keele
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Plymouth Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
  • West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  • Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and STP,
  • Wye Valley NHS Trust