What is a foundation trust?

Rotherham Hospital is part of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

Foundation Trusts are different from other NHS hospitals in a number of ways;

  • Local people, hospital staff, patients and carers can become members of the hospital. In fact, anyone over the age of 16 can become a member.
  • Hospital members can elect Governors to join the Council of Governors.
  • Foundation Trusts are not managed by the Department of Health (DH). This means that hospital managers can choose how they spend money, and make decisions that are based on the needs of the local community.
  • Foundation Trusts are authorised and regulated by Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts.

Foundation Trusts give you more choice over how the hospital is run. The government want all NHS Trusts to have foundation status by 2014. So far, 141 hospitals across the UK have foundation status. Further information about Foundation Trusts can be found on the Department of Health Website and Monitor website.

How are we governed?

For information about how we are run, please see How are we governed? 

Visit us

To get directions to come and visit us, please see visiting The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
 

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Visit the NHS Direct website. 
Visit the Rotherham Council website. 
 Visit the Rotherham CCG website 
Visit the NHS Choices website.