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First steps towards Foundation Trust status

Posted on 12th December, 2005

Devon Partnership NHS Trust has confirmed that it will be among the first mental health and learning disability providers in the country to apply to become an NHS Foundation Trust.

At the Trust’s November Board meeting, there was unanimous agreement that it should proceed with an application to be part of wave ‘3A’ - the third wave of mental health providers to begin the transition to NHS Foundation Trust status.

If the application to be part of wave 3A is successful, the Trust will need to undertake a public consultation between June and September 2006, with authorisation to proceed likely to come between February and April 2007.

Commenting on the development, Chief Executive, Iain Tulley, said:  “In the last year or so, our organisation has started to make some really encouraging progress in a number of key areas and our staff deserve a vote of thanks for their hard work and dedication. The next logical step in this journey of improvement is to become an NHS Foundation Trust.

“Of the 83 mental health providers in the country, less than ten have made a formal application to begin the process of transition and we are very keen to be one of the trailblazers.  There is a strong feeling at the Trust that we want to play an active part in shaping the future of mental health services and, to do this, we need to be at the forefront of change - contributing to the debate about NHS modernisation at the earliest possible stage.

“The next few years will be an exciting time for us all.  We recognise that the timescale will be very demanding and we are all too aware that we still face some significant challenges – particularly in relation to financial stability.  However, becoming a Foundation Trust will present us with a host of opportunities to develop and improve the services we provide and we believe that the time is now right to start the process of transition.”