NHS Foundation Trust plans get the go-ahead

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust has just received the go-ahead from the Department of Health to move to the next stage of becoming an NHS Foundation Trust.

This means that the Trust will be assessed over the next few months by Monitor which is the independent regulator for NHS Foundation Trusts. The Department of Health approval enables the Trust to run elections for a Council of Governors from January to March 2008.

Chief Executive Paul Forden said: “We are delighted to have got through to this stage of the process and be on track to become an NHS Foundation Trust. Only the best performing hospitals can become Foundation Trusts so getting Department of Health approval for our plans reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff. By the end of March, one of the key components will be in place when our Council of Governors will be set up.”

Chairman David Prior said: “So far, more than 5,600 people have joined us as public members which puts us in a great position to hold elections. It's pleasing that so many local people would like a say in our future, as this is the start of a new way of working which will bring patients into the heart of our organisation.”

All NHS Foundation Trusts have a Council of Governors which has an advisory and stewardship role, overseeing services and influencing the future shape of the organisation. The Trust will have 25 Governors – 15 Public Governors elected by public members, six Staff Governors elected by staff members and four appointed Governors from local agencies. The Board of Directors continues to run the Trust on a day-to-day basis.

To be eligible to vote in the election or stand for election as a Governor, people must first join as members. Membership is free and open to people who are living in Norfolk or Waveney. Members can join from the age of 12 years, but must be over age 16 to vote in elections or stand for election as a Governor. To join, either click here or ring 0870 707 1628 for a membership form.

For further information about NHS Foundation Trusts visit www.nnuh.nhs.uk/page/ft

Friday 21st of December 2007 12:00:21 PM