Wirral Community NHS Trust and Mersey Care NHS Trust in the North West have been confirmed as foundation trusts.
The authorisations, by new regulator NHS Improvement, means there are now 157 NHS foundation trusts in total, more than 60% of all trusts in England’s NHS.
“It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of every member of staff at those organisations”
Wirral Community NHS Trust delivers community health services in the Wirral, Cheshire and Liverpool.
It provides various services including community nursing, therapies, GP out of hours and walk-in-centres from more than 40 bases, as well as seeing patients in their own homes.
Mersey Care NHS Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disability and addiction services for adults in Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby.
It also provides medium secure services for Merseyside and Cheshire, and high secure services covering the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales.
Mersey Care is the second provider of high secure services to become a foundation trust.
Miranda Carter, director of foundation trust assessment and new organisational models at NHS Improvement said: “It is a pleasure to announce the authorisation of both Mersey Care and Wirral Community as foundation trusts and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of every member of staff at those organisations.”
“As foundation trusts, both will now have the freedom to develop services more tailored to the needs of the populations they serve,” she added.
To achieve foundation trust status, the trusts had to prove they are well-led. The Care Quality Commission also used judged the quality of care provided by each trust met the standard expected.