NHS trust

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A Primary Care Trust may run community health centres.

A National Health Service trust is a division within the English NHS generally serving either a geographical area (commonly the nominal service area of a hospital) or a specialised function (such as an ambulance service). In any particular location there will thus usually be two or more such bodies involved in the different aspects of health care for a resident.

The trusts are not trusts in the legal sense but are in effect public sector corporations. Each trust is headed by a board consisting of executive and non-executive directors, and is chaired by a non-executive director. Non-executive directors are recruited by open advertisement. The Trusts which have not achieved Foundation status are now managed by the NHS Trust Development Authority

All trust boards are required to have an audit committee consisting only of non-executive directors, on which the chair may not sit. This committee is entrusted not only with supervision of financial audit, but of systems of corporate governance within the trust.

Types[edit]

There are several types of NHS trusts:[1]

Foundation trusts[edit]

Main article: NHS foundation trust

Foundation trust status may be applied for by the above categories of NHS trust. Successive governments have announced that all NHS Trusts should become NHS Foundation Trusts, and deadlines have been set for this transformation, which have repeatedly been missed.[citation needed]

Former types[edit]

Other types of NHS organisation[edit]

Special health authorities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHS authorities and trusts". The NHS in England. NHS Choices. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.