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Oxford acute trust awarded foundation trust status

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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the largest teaching trusts offering acute services, has been awarded foundation trust status.

The organisation was authorised by the regulator Monitor to become a foundation trust from 1 October, bringing with it more freedoms over its finances, services and structure.

“This is a most exciting event for the trust and a vote of confidence in the achievements and capability of our staff”

Miranda Carter

To get through its authorisation, the trust was specifically asked by Monitor to continue cutting patient waiting times in accident and emergency and for cancer care.

It also asked the trust to improve its finances and ensure patients receive quality care which offers good value for money.

Monitor said it would be closely monitoring the trust’s performance against its plans.

The trust operates four hospitals serving Oxfordshire and parts of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

It was rated as “good” by the Care Quality Commission following an inspection last year.

Miranda Carter, Monitor’s executive director of provider appraisal, said: “We are pleased to announce that Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has been awarded foundation trust status.

“Patients will now be able to get more involved with the way their loc“This is a most exciting event for the trust and a vote of confidence in the achievements and capability of our staff.”al healthcare is provided, and she said.

“This is a most exciting event for the trust and a vote of confidence in the achievements and capability of our staff”

Fiona Caldicott

Sir Jonathan Michael, the trust’s chief executive, said: “I want to take this opportunity to thank our fantastic staff for their continued commitment to delivering high quality healthcare for all our patients.

“We recognise that becoming a foundation trust does not in itself solve the challenges facing us or the NHS nationwide,” he said.

“We will continue to focus on sustaining delivering safe and high quality care, living within our means and meeting national standards in a very difficult financial climate,” said Sir Jonathan.

Dame Fiona Caldicott, the trust’s chair, added: “This is a most exciting event for the trust and a vote of confidence in the achievements and capability of our staff.”

There are now 152 NHS foundation trusts in total, over 60% of all trusts in England’s NHS.

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