What it means to be an NHS Foundation Trust

We have been an NHS Foundation Trust since 2008.

This means we have greater freedom from central government control in the way we develop and deliver healthcare services that meet the needs and priorities of the local population.

Being an NHS Foundation Trust gives us the opportunity to work with the local community to make sure we are providing services local people want, in the way they wish to have them delivered.

The benefits are:

  • There is real involvement of local people in running the Trust through becoming members and an elected Council of Governors
  • The Trust is accountable to local people for the quality of services it provides
  • The Trust can raise money for changing and improving services from several sources and is not restricted to using only Government funds
  • The Trust has to ensure it is managing its finances in a business-like way

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