Solent NHS Trust launches bid for foundation status

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PATIENTS are being asked to give their views on whether a health trust should have more freedom to run services.

Solent NHS Trust, which covers Portsmouth and Hampshire, is applying to become an NHS Foundation Trust (FT).

A 12-week consultation has been launched today, and is asking people their view on three areas; the trust’s vision and future plans, membership and its council of governors.

Dr Ros Tolcher, chief executive of the trust, said: ‘We are really looking forward to this formal process of engaging with people who use our services or have an interest in what we do.

‘Listening to a range of views about our aspiration to become a FT will help ensure our plans are supported locally.

‘I would really encourage everyone to share their views.

‘By becoming a FT, people will be able to be even more involved in the development of the trust and our services through membership.

‘It is important that I also emphasise we will remain part of the NHS and continue to provide health care free at the point of delivery.’

The consultation is due to run until May 28.

Public events for people to find out more information are also being held on the following days and locations:

Thursday, May 10, from 1pm to 3pm, in Room 1, Langstone Centre, University of Portsmouth, Langstone Campus, Furze Road, Southsea.

Thursday, May 24, from 6pm to 8pm, in Abbey Room 1, Holiday Inn, Cartwright Drive, Titchfield.

The trust hopes to achieve FT status by April 2013.

For a copy of the consultation documents go to solent.nhs.uk/ft, call (023) 8060 8937 or email communications@solent.nhs.uk.

People can also write to: FREEPOST RSUE-ARZH-ACBZ, Foundation Trust Consultation, Solent NHS Trust, Adelaide Health Centre, William Macleod Way, Southampton, SO16 4XE.