What is a foundation trust?

Foundation trusts have greater freedom around how money is spent and how services are run.

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NHS foundation trusts are NHS organisations that are run slightly differently to NHS trusts.

NHS foundation trusts were created to devolve decision making from central government to local organisations and communities. They provide and develop healthcare according to core NHS principles - free care, based on need and not ability to pay.

Foundation trusts are still part of the NHS but are not directed by the Government, so we have greater freedom to decide, with our governors and members, our own strategy and the way our services are delivered. We also have greater financial independence and are able to retain our surpluses and invest in service improvements for patients and service users.

Foundation trusts are regulated and monitored by both the Care Quality Commission (as are all NHS trusts) and NHS Improvement.

As a foundation trust, we have a Council of Governors and a Board of Directors who work with each other to make decisions about the future of our services and our organisational priorities for the future.

We strive to use our foundation trust status to benefit our service users, carers, staff and the organisation as a whole.