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Trust Celebrates Foundation Trust Success

The Trust is celebrating today after the announcement from Monitor that we have been successful in our Foundation Trust (FT) application. The main benefit of being an FT means that we are able to decide locally on how to improve our services to best meet the needs of our patients. We are accountable to our local communities and local people can get involved by becoming members and governors. Peter Mount, Trust Chairman says: “This announcement marks the beginning of 2009 which is a key highlight and a challenging year in the organisation’s history as we will be opening our new hospitals development in the summer. From June 2009 we will be opening a new Children’s Hospital, the largest single site children’s hospital in the UK; a new women’s hospital (Saint Mary’s); a new Eye Hospital (Manchester Royal Eye Hospital) and new adult facilities as part of Manchester Royal Infirmary. This £500 million project will ensure that our patients have the best state-of-the-art facilities for providing their healthcare.” “We have established a Council of Governors and have 31 governors made up of elected local community and staff members. So far we already have 7,815 public members and 8,652 staff members. I would encourage local people to get involved as with their help, we will ensure local people benefit from the best possible healthcare services, both now and in the future” Mike Deegan, Chief Executive says: “We are delighted that we have achieved Foundation Trust status. We have worked extremely hard over the past months in preparation of our application and look forward to taking the Trust forward to meet the needs of our local communities. “Our Trust strives constantly to be the best at whatever it does - from delivering the highest standards of care to our patients to training our healthcare professionals for the future and pushing back the boundaries in biomedical research.” The Trust will be a Foundation Trust from 1st January 2009 and from then will be known as Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. If you would like to become a member please contact our FT Membership Office on (0161) 276 8661 or visit our website www.cmmc.nhs.uk for further details. ENDS Notes: NHS foundation trusts are a fundamental part of the current NHS reform programme. They reflect the move from a centrally managed service towards one that is managed locally and so more responsive to patients. NHS Foundation Trusts are: • A new type of NHS organisation, established as independent public benefit corporations. • Free from central government control and from strategic health authority performance management. • Providers of healthcare according to core NHS principles - free care, based on need and not ability to pay. • Accountable to local people, who can become members and governors. • Free to innovate for the benefit of their local community and patients. • Able to decide for themselves what capital investment is needed in order to improve their services. • Free to retain any surpluses they generate and to borrow in order to support this investment. • Authorised and monitored by Monitor - Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts. Photo Caption: Left to right: Tom Ladds, Staff Governor (Lead Nurse) Gillian Hobson, Staff Governor (IT Service Manager) Peter Mount, Trust Chairman Alison Maw, Staff Governor (Directorate Manager for Clinical Radiology)