Sussex Community NHS Trust achieves foundation trust authorisation
31 March 2016

Sussex Community NHS Trust achieves foundation trust authorisation

Sussex Community NHS Trust has been successful in achieving authorisation as an NHS Foundation Trust, health regulator Monitor has announced.

To reflect this achievement, the trust’s formal title will change to Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) – effective from 1 April 2016. Authorisation gives staff and local people a greater say in their healthcare through the membership and council of governors and will give the trust more freedom to shape services around local needs.

To achieve authorisation all elements of the trust’s care and business have been reviewed, including the quality of its services, its financial performance, leadership and governance. The trust’s quality of services had been assessed by the Care Quality Commission inspection last year which rated services as ‘good’.

Patients, carers, staff and the public can get more directly involved in how their local organisation is run. They can help shape services in the area and help realise local needs and priorities. They can achieve this by becoming a member of the trust or a governor. Local people are encouraged to join as a member by completing an online form: www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/ft.

Sue Sjuve, Chair of SCFT, said: “This is well-deserved recognition of the hard work of our colleagues and their energy, commitment and compassion. This is good news too for the local community that we serve. We have a vibrant membership and a Council of Governors who are ready to get started on their important role of holding the trust leadership to account and ensuring that we have a high level of public engagement in our work.”

Paula Head, Chief Executive of SCFT, said: “Our staff have worked hard for this. I am immensely proud of each and every one of them. They have risen to this challenge and work hard to provide high quality care 24 hours a day 365 days a year. This is an exciting time in our development and we’re determined to provide excellent care in partnership with the community, in line with Simon Stevens’ Five Year Forward View.”