Policy and Guidance 

Last updated August 2014 

This page provides information about policy and guidance for NHS Foundation Trusts

Monitor, the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts

Rather than being directed by central government, NHS Foundation Trusts (NHSFTs) are authorised by an independent regulator known as Monitor.  The regulator is responsible for ensuring that NHSFTs are well managed and financially strong so that they can deliver excellent services for patients.  More information is available from the Monitor website.

Monitor maintains a public register of NHS Foundation Trusts.  This is published on their website.  Visit the public register of NHS Foundation Trusts for more information.

The Department of Health has overall control for setting National Health Service policy, whilst recognising the independence of NHSFTs from direction by the Secretary of State for Health.  For more information visit the website of the Department of Health website.

Inspecting and monitoring the quality of services

Whilst Monitor authorises and regulates NHS Foundation Trusts, the Care Quality Commission is responsible for inspecting their quality of services.  The Care Quality Commission is the independent inspection body for all NHS and independent healthcare.  For more information visit the Care Quality Commission website.

NHS Foundation Trust legislation

The legislation to create NHS Foundation Trusts was originally included in the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003.  However, the government undertook a "spring clean" of NHS legislation in 2006.  They consolidated NHS legislation into a new Act called the National Health Service Act 2006. Visit the website of the Office of Public Sector Information to find out more and view the Act.

Other Useful Links: The NHS Foundation Trust Network
The NHS Foundation Trust Network is hosted by the NHS Confederation.  It represents almost all existing and many of the aspiring foundation trusts.  It supports the development of these organisations as they grow to fulfil their new responsibilities. Visit the website of the NHS Foundation Trust Network for more information.


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