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As an NHS Foundation Trusts, we share all the same values, quality and safety standards as other NHS trusts, but the key difference is that we are free from central government control. This means that we are able to respond much more quickly and effectively to the locally identified needs of our patients.

We are accountable to our staff, patients and stakeholders, who can apply to become members. We aim to ensure that our members have every opportunity to contribute to our ongoing development plans.

  • Greater financial freedom, including the ability to borrow money for building and other projects, and to keep surplus income to reinvest in services - these new financial freedoms can help raise capital from both the public and private sectors within borrowing limits determined by projected cash flows and therefore based on affordability. They can retain financial surpluses to invest in the delivery of new NHS services.
  • Giving staff a real say in the direction of the Trust, using their experience to ensure our patients receive the best services possible.
  • More opportunities to use the experience of patients to help improve services and tackle issues which are particularly relevant to Manchester, such as smoking-related diseases and heart disease.
  • They have unique governance arrangements and are accountable to local people, who can become members and governors. Each NHS Foundation Trust has a duty to consult and involve a Board of Governors (comprising
    patients, staff, members of the public and partner organisations) in the strategic planning of the organisation.
  • They are set free from central Government control and are no longer performance managed by Health Authorities. As selfstanding, self-governing organisations, NHS Foundation Trusts are free to determine their own future.
Download a short guide to Foundation Trusts.