hospitals to become NHS foundation trusts.
He also confirmed that the next wave of NHS foundation trust
star rated mental health trusts.
The trusts that can apply immediately to the Office of the
Independent Regulator of NHS foundation trusts for authorisation are:
- Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust
- Barnsley District General Hospital NHS Trust
- Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust
- Birmingham Women's Healthcare NHS Trust
- Burton Hospitals NHS Trust
- Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospitals NHS Trust
- East Somerset NHS Trust
- Frimley Park Hospitals NHS Trust
- Gateshead Health NHS Trust
- Harrogate Healthcare NHS Trust
- Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
- Liverpool Women's Hospital NHS Trust
- Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust
- Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Trust
- Southend Hospital NHS Trust
- South Tyneside Healthcare NHS Trust
- The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust
- The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Trust
- West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust
- Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust
Mr Reid has not given his support to the application from South Devon
Healthcare NHS Trust.
These trusts can now apply to the Independent Regulator of NHS
Foundation Trusts. The regulator has indicated that he will
authorise the next set of NHS foundation trusts in two batches -
likely to be 1 November 2004 and 1 February 2005.
Mr Reid said:
'I'm delighted to support these trusts in their bid to join the 20
NHS foundation trusts established to date by the independent
'They have successfully maintained their 3 star status throughout the
'This marks another important step on the road to decentralisation,
freeing up the NHS from day-to-day Whitehall control and giving local
patients more power.
'We're committed to ensuring that all trusts have NHS foundation
status by 2008.
'The department will continue to work with all those NHS trusts who
have deferred their applications or have not secured a three star
rating with a view to them obtaining approval to go forward at the
next earliest opportunity.
'We will also work with South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust with the aim
that they too secure foundation status as soon as possible.
'I'm also pleased to announce that three star rated mental health
trusts will be able to apply for NHS foundation status in the next
'This reinforces our commitment to improving mental health services
1. Currently only 3 star rated acute and specialist trusts are able
to apply for foundation status. Eligible mental health trusts will
be invited to submit preliminary applications in September 2004. In
December 2004, those trusts who submit successful applications will
be invited to prepare and submit a preparatory application for
approval by the secretary of state in September 2005. The secretary
of state's approval will be subject to the outcome of the Healthcare
Commission's review of NHS foundation trusts.
2. In June 2004, 34 NHS trusts submitted preparatory applications for
secretary of state support for submission of applications to the
independent regulator in Wave 1a. Applications included details of
the organisation's HR strategy, governance arrangements and service
development strategy. The applications were reviewed against
assessment criteria. Additionally the department has also taken into
account the views of independent financial assessors appointed by the
department and of the trust's strategic health authority.
3. Section 4 (1) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and
Standards) Act 2003 provides that an NHS trust may make an
application to the independent regulator for authorisation to become
an NHS foundation trust, if the application is supported by secretary
of state. Section 6 of the Act sets out the matters to be taken into
account by the regulator and the terms under which authorisation of
NHS foundation trust status can be given.
4. To date, 20 NHS foundation trusts have been authorised by the
Independent Regulator. The independent regulator will only approve an
application when it is satisfied about the applicant's viability -
and that the quality of the application meets the tests as set out
in the legislation. This is a separate process from the assessment
carried out by the Department of Health. Secretary of state support
for an application does not guarantee that it will be successful.
5. NHS foundation trusts remain fully part of the NHS, but have
greater management and financial freedoms to retain surpluses and to
invest in delivery of new services. NHS foundation trusts are not
subject to direction by secretary of state for health, but will be
overseen by the independent regulator.