What is a Foundation Trust
Let us explain
South Central Ambulance Service became a Foundation Trust on 1st March 2012. The terms of authorisation can be found here.
Foundation Trusts are still part of the NHS, but unlike ordinary NHS trusts, they have thousands of members and a Council of Governors who form an integral part of the governance structure that exists in all NHS FTs.
NHS Foundation Trusts (FTs):
- are free from direct central government control and are able to decide how to improve their services
- retain any surpluses they generate to invest in new services, and can borrow money to support these investments
- are accountable to their local communities; local people can become members and governors.
These freedoms mean that together we can shape our ambulance service around local needs and priorities.
An independent regulator, Monitor , oversees all foundation trusts and checks that they remain compliant with the terms under which they are authorised to operate.
Benefits at a glance
- Real opportunities to be involved in developing health services, which meet the needs of local people
- Opportunities to be involved in decision making in areas of particular interest to them
- Greater access to more in-depth information about the workings of the Trust and its future plans
- More control for the Trust over the pace of change in terms of local target setting and meeting contracts
- More stability resulting in less workplace stress
- We provide health services and employment opportunities to a local population which has significant health and social needs. We feel that, as an NHS Foundation Trust, we can play a much greater role in supporting the ongoing development and success of our local communities
- We expect that our members and Council of Governors will challenge us to improve health and healthcare for local people
Find out more about membership in the About Membership and Become a member sections.