Bradford District Care 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.
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.
Lyn Simpson, TDA Director of Delivery and Development said “Staff at Bradford District Care NHS Trust have worked incredibly hard to provide a high quality of care for their service users. They have put in place a strong plan for the future and while they still face some challenges, we are confident that they are heading in the right direction as an organisation. It is recognition of the hard work of staff at all levels at the Trust that we believe they are ready to be assessed by Monitor for Foundation Trust status.”
This decision follows the CQC Chief Inspector of Hospitals awarding the Trust an overall rating of ‘good’ in September this year. Before NHS trusts can be authorised as NHS foundation trusts, they must first receive a rating of ‘good’, ‘outstanding’ or equivalent 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.