We were licensed as an NHS Foundation Trust on 1st December 2009. We are delighted to have been authorised as an NHS Foundation Trust and our success is down to the hard work and commitment of all our staff and the support of our patients and the communities we serve. Please click here to find out more about what it means to be a Foundation Trust.
It is vital to us that we offer the right services for our patients and the best way to achieve that is to listen to and involve patients and their carers, local people and our staff. As a Foundation Trust we are accountable to our members and elective representatives rather than the Department of Health. In addition to increased accountability, this status also provides the Royal Surrey with greater flexibility on how we invest in services. We have the freedom to respond to local needs and priorities and re-invest any surplus we generate to the benefit of our patients. The Trust holds public events and open board meetings through out the year to keep you a breast of our progress and give you the opportunity to get involved.
A foundation trust is still part of the NHS and subject to NHS standards, including inspection by the independent Care Quality Commission. It is overseen by an independent regulator, Monitor, which ensures that foundation trusts meet their obligations to patients, communities and taxpayers.
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