Wirral Community and Mersey Care are now foundation trusts

We've authorised two new foundation trusts giving patients in the Wirral and the North West of England a greater say over how their health services are run.

About the trusts

Wirral Community NHS Trust delivers community health services in the Wirral, Cheshire and Liverpool. It provides various services including community nursing, therapies, GP out of hours and walk-in-centres from more than 40 bases, as well as seeing patients in their own homes.

Mersey Care NHS Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disability and addiction services for adults in Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby. It also provides medium secure services for Merseyside and Cheshire, and high secure services covering the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales.

What it means to be a foundation trust

To achieve foundation trust status, the trusts had to prove they are well-led. The Care Quality Commission also used its new inspection approach to judge that the quality of care provided by the trusts met the expected standard.

The new foundation trusts will be:

  • free from central government control and able to decide how to improve services for its patients
  • able to retain any surpluses generated to invest in new services, and borrow money to support their investments
  • accountable to its local community, with local people able to become members and governors

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