BMJ 29 JUNE, 2012
STRUCTURE: The regional director of NHS North of England has warned of risks connected to the “long-term requirements” of the trust’s local population, in relation to its bid for foundation status.
Commissioners NHS Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral recently confirmed that they had decided to support an independent bid by East Cheshire to become a foundation trust.
Writing to the primary care trust cluster’s chief executive, Kathy Doran, earlier this month NHS North of England’s regional director Richard Barker noted: “You [have] confirmed that the [clinical commissioning group] supported the trust with £3.2m and that further assistance may be required within 2012-13.
“The quality and patient experience [at the trust] is perceived as good however there are risks over the long term requirements of your population and sustainable provider solutions are needed to underpin a successful application.”
He continued: “This is also an issue for Wirral Community Trust which has successfully managed the transfer of community services and is well supported by the CCG but remains small in comparison to other trusts in the FT pipeline.
“We need to see a considered vision that can be sensibly handed over to the National Trust Development Agency in the autumn.”
Source: Richard Barker letter