03 Aug 2011
NHS Foundation Trusts (FTs) are much more accountable to local people and their needs. They have to be stronger both clinically and financially, and have more control to improve services for patients.
FTs have the freedom to retain their own surpluses and are able to borrow funds to invest in local health services.
To become an FT, we must deliver consistently high standards of patient care and financial performance.
The government’s decided that if Trusts don’t pass strict tests on the quality of care, they will not become an FT, and therefore may be merged with another Trust that has reached FT status. All Trusts must become FTs in the future.
We are currently consulting on six issues to do with our Foundation Trust application. These include questions about our membership constituencies, our name change and our services.
Please check out our consultation page to watch a short film or view the document and fill in our online feedback form. There are six questions, and it will take approximately five minutes to complete. Please note, the consultation period has been extended until 30 November 2011.
Public consultation events
We’ve hosted a series of events where you can find out more about our Foundation Trust application and give your feedback. The final event in this series is on:
26 October, 11.30am
Hammersmith & Fulham Child, Adolescent and Family Service, 48 Glenthorne Rd, Hammersmith, W6 0LS.