NHS hospital trust
An NHS hospital trust, also known as an acute trust is an NHS trust that provides secondary health services within the English National Health Service and in NHS Wales. Hospital trusts were commissioned to provide these services by NHS primary care trusts and now by Clinical Commissioning Groups. NHS Trusts were established by the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 as the first step in setting up an internal market.
According to the NHS website, as of December 2009 there were 168 acute NHS trusts in England.
- NHS structure - NHS Website, NHS structure, last reviewed 4 December 2009.