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Becoming a NHS foundation trust means that we will remain firmly within the NHS, but will be an organisation free from the direct control of central government.
About NHS foundation trusts
NHS foundation trusts are membership organisations. The membership is formed of local people, including patients and staff. Through our membership we are able to hear from, and better respond to, local people. NHS foundation trusts remain part of the NHS, but have more control over their finances and more freedom to provide services in a way that benefits the local population. NHS foundation trusts are overseen by an independent regulator called Monitor that can intervene if it feels that the Trust is not being managed properly or if the quality of services does not meet national standards. NHS foundation trusts are firmly part of the NHS and subject to NHS standards, performance ratings and systems of inspection. They are still part of the NHS and continue to be free at the point of use.
Advantages of becoming a NHS foundation trust
- The hospital trust will be at the heart of the communities we serve. We will be more accountable to local people and less accountable to central government
- Patients, local people and staff can become members and stand for election as governors. We will consult our members on important decisions and changes
- We will have greater financial freedom to reinvest any money we generate
- We can be more innovative with forming partnerships and collaborations to benefit our patients
NHS Providers (formerly Foundation Trust Network)
Our public and staff consultation ran from November 2013 to February 2014. The document below provides a summary of all the responses and the changes we have made to our membership and governance arrangements as a result of comments received.
For more information, please contact the membership office:
Tel: 01737 768511 x6199