Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust were given the green light to proceed on their journey toward foundation trust status at the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) Board meeting.
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.
Professor Stephen Dunn, Director at the NHS Trust Development Authority said:
“Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has consistently been providing a high quality of care to its patients for a long time – something that was recently recognised by the Care Quality Commission.
“They have been making significant progress in recent months in dealing with some key performance challenges and we are confident that they are heading in the right direction as an organisation.
“They still have challenges ahead, but our recommendation that they are ready to be assessed by Monitor for Foundation Trust status is recognition of the hard work that everyone in the Trust has put into delivering for patients.”
This decision follows the CQC Chief Inspector of Hospitals awarding the Trust an overall rating of ‘good’ earlier this year. 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.