High-performing foundation trusts to support others in improving patient services

We've accredited the first four foundation trusts in the country to lead groups of NHS providers.

By linking together hospitals, the aim is to improve their clinical and financial viability, creating better and more sustainable services for patients. 

The foundation group leaders will help to improve efficiency and the quality of clinical services by sharing excellent practice.

The foundation trusts accredited are:

  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Jim Mackey, Chief Executive of NHS Improvement said: 

“Today is a big step forward for the NHS. It is a great example of how we can ensure as many patients as possible benefit from the best leadership the NHS has to offer.

“Being in a group isn’t right for everyone. The accreditation process considered not only the quality of services on offer and the management trusts have, but also the benefits that trusts will get from being part of a group and the potential risks they face.” 

Next steps

The four trusts are all acute care collaboration (ACC) vanguards, part of the new care models programme. 

The vanguards are trialling different forms, ranging from buddying, partnerships and federations through to formal consolidation through mergers and acquisitions, but they all share the common goal of improving services for patients.

The accredited NHS providers will now begin to implement their new models in 2016/17.

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