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What is a NHS Foundation Trust? (Foundation Trust)

NHS Foundation Trusts remain part of the NHS and continue to treat patients according to NHS quality standards and principles – free care based on need, not the ability to pay.  

We became a NHS Foundation Trust on 1 May 2008 following a formal assessment by Monitor the independent regulator for NHS Foundation Trusts.  We believe that becoming a NHS Foundation Trust is the best way for us to continue to develop and deliver the best range of quality services in a way that builds on the Trust's values and aims.

In preparing to become a NHS Foundation Trust, we ran our first elections for a Council of Governors from January to April 2008.   

The key features of NHS Foundation Trusts are: 

NHS Foundation Trusts may be locally accountable but they still also have to meet all the patient care standards set by the Care Quality Commission and the national targets set by the Department of Health.

Staff continue to be employed within the NHS and have access to the NHS pension. All NHS organisations face uncertainties with national changes such as Payment by Results and more care being offered closer to home. However, we believe the risks are no greater for NHS Foundation Trusts than any other organisation in the health service.    


As an NHS Foundation Trust we are required to keep a membership register, which includes members’ names and the constituency to which they belong, Contact details, age, ethnic and disability status details are not publicly available and will be treat with the strictest confidence.

If you do not wish to have your name and constituency listed on the public register please let us know by contacting the Membership Manager.

In addition, as a NHS Foundation Trust we must also have:

• A register of the Board of Governors
• A register of Directors
• A register of interests of Governors
• A register of interests of the Directors

These registers will be available to Monitor, the Independent Regulator.

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