Becoming a Foundation Trust
Becoming an NHS Foundation Trust will strengthen the way we involve people in developing and delivering our services.
It will improve partnership working and let us work together with others even more in the future. We will gain greater financial freedom, and people and staff will have a bigger say in the provision of local mental health services.
In March 2015, the Board of the Trust Development Authority, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health, considered our application to become a Foundation Trust. Our application was approved to be assessed in detail by Monitor (which from 1 April 2016 is part of NHS Improvement).
Part of the requirement for Monitor to begin their assessment is that an organisation has a Care Quality Commission (CQC) assessment with a rating of “good” or “outstanding”, which was completed within the preceding six months. As our previous CQC inspection had been in 2014, this meant that Monitor could not commence their assessment for Foundation Trust status until the CQC had undertaken a new assessment.
In March 2016, inspectors from the CQC's Chief Inspector of Hospitals (CIH) team spent a week assessing our services.
The CQC report on this CIH inspection was published on 16 June 2016.
NHS Improvement has announced that it is reviewing the overall Foundation Trust assessment process, and this may affect the final decision made in relation to the Trust.
As a Foundation Trust member you can help and advise us on developing our services to meet the needs of our users and their carers, and the local community. Becoming a member gives you the opportunity to have a say in how the Trust is run and to contribute to its future development. You can also stand for election as a governor or elect others to represent you.
Members of our Foundation Trust:
Advise us on developing our services to meet the needs of our users, their carers, and the local community.
Have a say in how the Trust is run and its future.
Stand for election as a governor or elect others to represent you.
Membership is free and anyone over the age of 12 living in England and Wales can join. If you want more say over the Trust's activities then become a Foundation Trust member.