TitleTrent Regional Health Authority
AdminHistoryRegional Health Authorities (RHAs) were established following the reorganisation of the National Health Service in 1974. Trent RHA held its first meeting on 20 August 1973, and came into full effect on 1 April 1974.
Trent RHA was the second largest RHA in the country, serving 4.5 million people. It was composed of a chairman and members, two thirds of whom were appointed by the Secretary of State and one third by the local authorities. Responsible to it was a Regional Team of Officers, comprising a regional administrator, treasurer, works officer, medical officer and nursing officer.

RHAs were responsible for strategic and financial planning and the allocation of finance to various schemes. They also directly provided certain services such as major building development and blood transfusions. Trent RHA's headquarters were in Sheffield as the city was home to the region's only medical school.

Trent RHA ceased to exist after 31 March 1996 following the Health Authorities Act, 1995. It was replaced by NHS Executive Trent, one of eight Regional Offices of the NHS. By 2014, the successor body was the Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.
DescriptionRecords including some inherited from predecessor authorities:

Regional Health Authority 1973 - 1996
NHS32/1/1 Minutes, 1973 - 1996
NHS32/1/2 Appointments and membership, 1973 - 1979
NHS32/1/3 Annual reports, 1975 - 1979

Committees 1971 - 1991
NHS32/2/1 Headquarters Reorganisation Staff Joint Consultative Committee, 1971 - 1977
NHS32/2/2 Staff Joint Consultative Committee, 1977 - 1982
NHS32/2/3 Regional and Area Health Authority Chairmen, 1973 - 1979
NHS32/2/4 Regional Team of Officers, 1974 - 1975
NHS32/2/5 Regional Nurse Training Committee, 1974 - 1975
NHS32/2/6 Management Development Steering Group, 1990 - 1991

General Administration 1972 - 1994
NHS32/3/1 National Health Service, 1973 - 1981
NHS32/3/2 Planning and policies, 1972 - 1989
NHS32/3/3 Statistics, 1974 - 1986
NHS32/3/4 Finance, 1978 - 1990
NHS32/3/5 Establishment, 1974 - 1994
NHS32/3/6 Individual hospitals, 1968 - 1994
NHS32/3/7 Services and facilities, 1969 - 1990
NHS32/3/8 Official visits, 1976 - 1992

Maps and plans 1938 - 1994
NHS32/4/1 Regional plans, 1973 - 1981
NHS32/4/2 Architectural drawings and site plans, 1938 - 1994
NHS32/4/3 Number not used
NHS32/4/4 Miscellaneous plans, c. 1970 - 1977

Other records (unlisted):

(Acc. 2010/77)
Trent Regional Health Authority agreement with St Luke's Nursing Home Limited relating to use of electrical generator, Mar 1976.
North Trent College of Nursing and Midwifery agreement with University of Sheffield for strengthening and developing their relationship and in the provision of Higher Education in Nursing and Midwifery, etc., Jul 1994.
Date1938 - 1996
Extent151 items
AccessConditionsInformation in the minute books may be subject to access restrictions as exempt from provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. For further information please refer to a member of staff.
RelatedMaterialSheffield Regional Hospital Board records, 1948 - 1974 (NHS 27)
CustodialHistoryOn the abolition of South Yorkshire County Council on 31 March 1986, Sheffield Archives took over responsibility for managing county records. This collection forms part of the County Collections, administered by Sheffield on behalf of the four South Yorkshire councils.
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