NHS Foundation Trusts are independent, with accountability to their local communities rather than central Government. We provide and develop healthcare services in a way that is consistent with NHS standards and principles but have greater freedoms in the way we manage our affairs.
We are inspected by the Care Quality Commission for compliance with healthcare standards and targets in the same way as all other NHS Trusts and we are overseen by an independent regulator, NHS Improvement.
As an NHS Foundation Trust we give more power and a greater voice to our local communities and staff over the delivery and development of local healthcare. We want people who are interested in the Trust and what we do to become actively involved in our plans.
There are two groups at the heart of our organisation:
Our members are people who use services, the public and staff. They contribute to the organisation on a voluntary basis and we count on them for feedback, local knowledge and support. Members elect people who use services, public and staff representatives to the Council of Governors so their voice is heard.
We are governed by an elected Board of Governors who hold us to account for our performance. The governors, with the support of our members, ensure our work is in-keeping with our values, meeting the needs of our local communities and supporting everyone who uses our services.