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Foundation Trust

Foundation Trust


Being a foundation trust means, like other local NHS organisations such as Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, we will have:

  • Greater local ownership and accountability to our patients, public and staff
  • More freedom to improve your local community services

As at November 2015, we are in the final assessment stage to become a foundation trust. We expect a decision to be made in early 2016. In the meantime, we are preparing by establishing a council of governors.


Why we want to become a foundation trust...


Foundation trusts are NHS organisations so as a foundation trust we will remain as part of the NHS delivering NHS services. A foundation trust also has more freedom from central government to manage its own affairs. It can develop its own plans for developing services and has greater financial freedom, including the ability to reinvest any money we save into local services.


Importantly, foundation trusts are based on a public and staff membership - we will be more accountable to our local community through this membership made up of the public and staff who will have a greater involvement with our trust. (Membership is free and you can be involved as much or as little as you want - visit our membership page for more information). 


We will also be accountable to NHS commissioners through service contracts and to Monitor (the independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts).


Read our FAQs about foundation trusts and our membership scheme

Last Updated: Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:38

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