Answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding Foundation Trusts. Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust was authorised as a Foundation Trust on 1 April 2016.
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E) Are foundation trusts outside the NHS?

Are NHS foundation trusts outside the NHS?

No. NHS foundation trusts are part of the NHS and are committed to its core principles of treating NHS patients according to clinical need, free at the point of delivery.

In general NHS foundation trusts continue to work collaboratively with other NHS partners and their members, which is in the best interests of patients and the local communities we serve. This is certainly our intention going forward.

NHS foundation trusts remain part of the public service and have been set up as not-for-profit, public benefit corporations.