Becoming an NHS Foundation Trust 

 

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is working towards becoming an NHS Foundation Trust. This will give people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales more opportunity to get involved with the Trust, and have more say in how local health services are provided and run.

On our journey to becoming an NHS Foundation Trust we are delighted that we already have over 9,000 public members, and we continue to invite anyone over 14 years old who lives within the local area to join us. Becoming an NHS Foundation Trust will make us more connected with our local communities through the election of Public Governors from our membership. NHSFT status will also give us valuable new freedoms which will help us to continually improve the quality of the services we provide for patients, and the working lives of staff.

Becoming an NHS Foundation Trust is not something that we are rushing into. This is because it must not distract us from our top priority, which is to maintain and improve the quality and safety of local hospital services through "Putting Patients First".  We must be an excellent organisation to become an NHS Foundation Trust. Our view is that if we ensure that we provide our services to high standards, within the resources available to us, then NHS Foundation Trust status will follow.

During our journey towards NHS Foundation Trust status, we will submit a formal application for NHS Foundation Trust status, which will detail our vision of future health care which exactly meets the needs of the local population we serve. This will be assessed by Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts. In preparation for this assessment, we welcome your views on any issues that you feel we should take into account.

Let us know your views:

Before we submit our application for NHS Foundation Trust status we welcome your views on our Strategy (our plans and priorities) and our Governance (the way the organisation will be run). This forms our vision for the future

Our current strategic plan is based on the simple organising principle of Putting Patients First. This simple phrase makes us think about what really matters so that we can focus our time, our skills and our resources where it will make the best possible impact for our patients.

We welcome your ideas and suggestions for what should feature in our future plans.

How we are run: Our governance arrangements and constitution

Our draft constitution sets out how the NHS Foundation Trust would be run. This includes a Council of Governors with a majority of public governors elected from the communities we service in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales.

We welcome your ideas and suggestions for any changes and amendments for our proposals about how the NHS Foundation Trust is run.

Contact us

  • or in writing to: Governance and Membership Office, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Stretton House, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury SY3 8XQ

Your comments will help us to ensure that becoming an NHS Foundation Trust delivers real benefits in the quality of the services we provide for patients, and the working lives of staff.

Follow the links below to find out more, including how you can become a Public Member of the Trust:

Please contact us if you have suggestions for other information that could be added to the NHS Foundation Trust section of our website. 

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