Two NHS Trusts were given the green light to proceed on their journey toward foundation trust status at the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) Board meeting yesterday.
Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Solent NHS Trust both had their applications to be considered by Monitor agreed following a rigorous process which looked at the quality of care they provide, as well as the business case which underpins their model for sustainability.
On assessing Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Yasmin Chaudhry, TDA Director of Delivery and Development said “For a relatively young organisation, Bridgewater have demonstrated they can provide a high quality of care for the patients they serve, are working well with their commissioners and partners, and have a strong business case which underpins their strategy.”
Commenting on the application by Solent NHS Trust, Dr Stephen Dunn from the TDA said “Solent NHS Trust have come a long way in developing community and mental health services in the south and are delivering high quality services for their patients and service users.”
Before NHS trusts can be authorised as NHS foundation trusts, they must first receive the support of the NHS Trust Development Authority. Trusts are then assessed by Monitor in the final stage of the process.