St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust were given the green light to proceed on their journey toward foundation trust status at a specially convened NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) Board meeting today.
The Trust had their application 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 shows how they will continue to provide high quality care long into the future.
Since the introduction of the new Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection regime the TDA has been working with Monitor and the CQC to streamline the assessment process for foundation trust applications to ensure close cooperation between regulators and an enhanced focus on the quality of care provided by aspirant Trusts.
Alwen Williams, TDA Director of Delivery and Development said “The CQC’s recent findings demonstrate that staff at St George’s have worked hard to ensure they can provide a high quality of care for the patients they serve. They also have a strong business case looking to the future. It’s now important that they continue to focus on improving and we will support them to prepare for the next stage of their journey; the assessment by Monitor.”
This decision follows the CQC Chief Inspector of Hospitals awarding the Trust an overall rating of ‘good’ on 24 April 2014, with some services rated as ‘outstanding’. It is the first time an NHS Trust has had an application approved by the TDA since the introduction of the new CQC inspection regime. Before NHS trusts can be authorised as NHS foundation trusts, they must first receive a rating of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ from the CQC Chief Inspector of Hospitals and the support of the TDA. Trusts are then assessed by Monitor in the final stage of the process.