On 12 July 2010 the Government issued its White Paper "Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS" which states that all NHS trusts <EM>will </EM>become or become part of a Foundation Trust within the next 3 years.
On 12 July 2010 the Government issued its White Paper "Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS" which states that all NHS trusts will become or become part of a Foundation Trust within the next 3 years.
NHS Trusts now have no choice but to consider where their future lies because the NHS Trust model will be abolished. Failure to meet this deadline, or achieve a credible plan for transition, may result in the Secretary of State for Health placing the NHS Trust under a special administration regime.
ALL NHS Trusts should now embark upon their journey to achieve Foundation Trust status.
This process is separated into three distinct phases:
Each stage consists of numerous activities to be undertaken and standards to achieve. Below are examples of the tasks that you will need to carry out:
All NHS Trusts now have a plethora of activities to undertake in a relatively short timescale; this is going to be a demanding transitional period.
The typical journey to achieve Foundation Trust status takes a minimum of 12 months. Given the deadline of 2013 in the White Paper, NHS Trusts are strongly encouraged to begin their FT journey at the earliest opportunity.
Our strategic understanding of the complexities of the health economy and policy is unrivalled. We can offer the benefits of a seamless legal and consultancy service tailored to meet your needs. We have advised around 40 applicant NHS Trusts on their transition to achieving Foundation Trust status, and can assist from the early preparation stages through to producing all of the constitutional, governance and other legal and financial documentation required by Monitor.
The key services that we can offer include:
If you would like to discuss how we can help you meet your obligations under the White Paper, or to discuss Foundation Trust applications generally, please contact Vincent Buscemi. We would be happy to meet with you to undertake initial project orientation and to discuss the timeframes and deadlines involved.