Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that some of the following help to answer any questions you may have.  If you can't find the answer to a question either her or in the consultation document then please e-mail your question to or telephone 01983 822099 ext 5703.

Q1. What is an NHS Foundation Trust?
Please see our What is a Foundation Trust page. A brief description of a Foundation Trust can be found below:

  • Is part of the NHS.
  • Is answerable to patients, carers and local people who can become members and Governors, they will have even more of a say on how we do things.
  • Has more freedom to provide services which meet the needs of local people.
  • Still has to meet national standards for things like cleanliness and the quality of care.
  • Is overseen by a national body called Monitor which can intervene if it thinks that the organisation is failing.
  • Has more financial freedoms and can keep money to invest back into services.

Q2. Why an NHS Foundation Trust?
Five good reasons to become an NHS Foundation Trust are:

  1. Even more involvement of local people through membership  NHS Foundation Trusts are membership organisations. People like you can join as a member and help shape the future of our Trust and our services.
  2. Staff will also have more involvement Staff will have more opportunities to get involved in the direction of the Trust and will be able to stand for election as a staff Governor.
  3. More opportunities for services to innovate  Our staff, the people who use our services and carers often know how we can make our services even better. Whilst we have clear targets which we have to meet, becoming an NHS Foundation Trust will give us even more opportunity to innovate and introduce new things to provide the best services we can.
  4. More financial freedoms  As an NHS Foundation Trust we will have more financial freedoms. This means that we can generate and retain a surplus each year for reinvestment. We will be able to decide locally the capital investment we need to improve our services.
  5. Well organised  The process of preparing to be become an NHS Foundation Trust is very rigorous and involves us making sure that our organisation is delivering good quality care and is fit for purpose.

Q3. What happens next?
Now that our consultation has ended (11th January 2013) we will review all the comments we receive. We will use your comments to refine our NHS Foundation Trust application. We may not be able to make all the changes suggested by people but we will consider every response with an open mind.  We will prepare a summary document containing all the responses received and the changes we have made to our plans as a result of the comments received. The document will be viewable on the Trust’s website.

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