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What is a Foundation Trust?

Foundation Trusts are different from other NHS Trusts - we have more freedom over how we spend our money, and aren't managed by the Department of Health.

Some of the ways Foundation Trusts are different from other NHS Trusts include:

  • Local people, staff, service users, patient and carers can all

    become members of our Trust. Anyone aged over 14 can join (if you’re under 16, please check with a parent) – it’s free and gives you the chance to have your say about your local healthcare.

  • Members can elect Governors to join the Council of Governors who represent the views of local people and help make key decisions about services.

  • As a Foundation Trust, we’re not managed by the Department of Health. This means we have more freedom over how we spend our money. We can reinvest funding to develop new and improved services.

  • Foundation Trusts are regulated by NHS Improvement, an independent organisation who makes sure we manage our finances and have good leadership.

You can find further information about Foundation Trusts on the NHS Improvement website. 

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