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Greater say for local people as Wirral Community NHS becomes a Foundation Trust

Greater say for local people as Wirral Community NHS becomes a Foundation Trust

Hundreds of thousands of people in Wirral and parts of Cheshire and Liverpool will have a greater say over how their health services are run, as Wirral Community NHS Trust is authorised as a Foundation Trust.

 

After undergoing a rigorous assessment process, the trust will now be able to give patients, staff and the public the chance to become members or governors and have a formal say in how services are provided.

Chief Executive Karen Howell said: "I am delighted to announce that we have been authorised as a Foundation Trust and are looking forward to working even more closely with our patients and communities as they have a greater say in the future of their own healthcare services.

 

Our patients are at the heart of everything we do and are our driving force. As a Foundation Trust we now have more freedom to shape services that meet the needs of the people we serve in Wirral, Cheshire and Liverpool.

 

This remarkable achievement is testament to the hard work and dedication of every member of staff. Their tenacity and professionalism shone throughout the rigorous external assessment process."

To achieve Foundation Trust status, the trust had to prove it is well governed, meets the quality of care standards set out by the independent Care Quality Commission and is financially responsible and sustainable.

 

The new Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust will be:

  • free from central government control and able to decide how to improve services for patients
  • able to retain any surpluses to invest in new services, and borrow money to support these investments
  • accountable to the local community, with local people able to become members and governors

 

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:33

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