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Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust looks forward to being able to apply for Foundation Trust status as soon as it is able.  There are several, specific criteria that need to be met to be able to submit a credible application to Monitor, the independent regulator of Foundation Trusts, and as soon as those criteria have been met, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust will proceed with its application.

About Foundation Trusts

NHS Foundation Trusts are independent, not-for-profit, public benefit corporations. Currently Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is directly accountable to the Secretary of State for Health but as an NHS Foundation Trust, we would be managed differently and be more accountable to local people who can become members.
NHS Foundation Trusts are part of the NHS and still need to meet national targets and healthcare standards.  This means that we will have more freedom to involve and work with local people in exactly what healthcare is needed for our communities and to respond to those needs more effectively
NHS Foundation Trusts have a board of Directors and a Council of Governors made up of elected members and are accountable to the independent regulator; 'Monitor'.  Members will be able to influence plans and proposals to improve our services and stand for election to the Council of Governors.
NHS Foundation Trusts: 


  • Provide and develop services for NHS patients
  • Treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards 
  • Are part of the NHS, and subject to NHS systems of inspection
  • Give local people a voice to shape local services
  • Are controlled and run locally, not nationally
  • Are checked by Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts


Please click on the links below to find out more about Foundation Trusts.


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