We believe that becoming an NHS foundation trust will provide
real benefits to us, our patients, our staff and our partners.
Will becoming an NHS foundation trust improve
Yes. We will have freedom to invest in our
development plans so that we can improve the level of care we
provide to patients. Improvements will be introduced more
effectively and quickly than is currently possible.
In 2008, the Care Quality
Commission reported that 92% of the top performing NHS trusts
– those that scored excellent for both quality of services and use
of resources - were NHS foundation trusts.
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How will we demonstrate improvements to patient care?
By engaging with local communities and partner
organisations as well as our patients and staff, and having
longer-term plans and funding, we will be able to target resources
and investment directly to improve patient care. We will continue
to invest in training and development for our frontline staff.
With our membership and Council of
Governors. we will have more active engagement with the people
of London so we can ensure services are delivered in a way that
best meets their needs.
How will our staff benefit?
Staff will have a greater opportunity to
comment upon and influence the decisions that are made about the
Service’s future. Staff governors will represent the views of their
staff members on the Council of Governors.
Staff governors are elected to the Council of
Governors by staff who are members of the NHS foundation trust.
Staff will also be able to become more involved with their local
community, as we develop opportunities to engage more regularly
with our patients and the public.
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