Secretary of State for Health Approves Next Phase of Foundation Trust Application
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, has given the green light for Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust to move into the final phase of its application to become a Foundation Trust.
The Trust has already passed through detailed scrutiny of its plans and a range of support documentation submitted in earlier phases of its application. The Secretary of State’s support is a legislative requirement that applicants must obtain in order to progress through to final stage of the application process.
Monitor, the external body that reviews and authorises all Foundation Trusts in England, will now inspect the work of the Trust closely, starting later this year.
Explained the Trust’s interim chief executive David Allcock: “A lot of hard work lies ahead, but this is a very significant step, and a welcome development.
“We have worked very hard on our application, and look forward to working with Monitor to ensure our organisation completes this process in as strong a position as we can achieve.
“Our staff deserve hearty congratulations for all the successful work they have done to date, but we know there is much still to be done.”
During the Monitor stage the Trust will be holding its first ever election to form a Council of Governors. The Trust is looking for people from among its 13,000-plus members to stand in the election and become Governors. They will form a body of people who will hold the Trust Board of Directors to account in the newly-formed Foundation Trust.
In order for the general public to stand for a Governor position, they must sign up and become a member of the Trusts Foundation membership scheme. Free to join, it gives members the opportunity to support their local NHS Trust and help develop the Trust’s services for the communities it serves.
To find out more about becoming a member or standing as Governor of the Partnership Trust, please visit http://www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk/makeadifference