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Staff celebrate as Bradford care trust achieves foundation status

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A community and mental health provider in Yorkshire has become the latest NHS organisation to be granted foundation trust status.

As of today, Bradford District Care NHS Trust has been authorised by the regulator Monitor to become the 152nd foundation trust.

“This is a great day for our staff, service users, their carers and the communities we serve”

Mike Smith

To achieve foundation status, all elements of the trust’s care and business have been inspected, including the quality of its services, its financial performance and leadership and governance.

The announcement also follows a successful inspection by the Care Quality Commission last year, which rated the quality of the trust’s services as “good” overall, with “outstanding” features in certain services.

Trust chief executive Simon Large said achieving foundation trust status was a reflection of the “dedication and commitment” of staff.

“This is confirmation that we are a well-governed organisation with strong plans in place, but more importantly it reflects the dedication and commitment of our staff and volunteers in providing high quality services for local people,” he said.

“As a foundation trust we can now work closely with members of the public across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven and our local partners to develop services,” he added.

Trust chair Mike Smith added: “This is a great day for our staff, service users, their carers and the communities we serve.”

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