All aboard…for the future of your local healthcare

Monday, 1 August 2011

From today (August 1), North Bristol NHS Trust starts the process to becoming an NHS Foundation Trust.

As part of this process the Trust is consulting with staff, patients, carers and local residents on its vision and proposals for the future.

North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) runs acute hospital services from Frenchay and Southmead hospitals and all community health services across South Gloucestershire and children’s community services in Bristol.

The Trust employs around 9,500 staff and provides services to a local population of a million people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset as well as specialist services to people from across the South West and beyond.

Ruth Brunt, Chief Executive, said: “By becoming a Foundation Trust it will allow us to be more accountable to our patients, staff and members of the public who will strongly influence what we do in the future and help us to become even more patient-centred.

“Foundation Trust status will also give us more financial flexibility to invest resources wisely and therefore offer better patient care. It will mean less control from central Government and more control locally.

“Becoming a Foundation Trust will mean a big change in the way NBT is run and it is really important that we get the views of our staff, patients and local residents on these plans.”

Consultation runs until 4 November 2011. A number of meetings have been organised throughout the local area in September and October for local people to come along and find out more about the plans and get the latest on the development of the new hospital at Southmead. The meetings are as follows:

  • Friday 16 September  (10am-11.30am) at Cossham Hall, Thornbury, BS35 2AR
  • Monday 19 September  (6.30pm-8pm) at Somerset Hall, North Somerset Council, Portishead, BS20 6AH
  • Wednesday 28 September  (7pm-8.30pm) at Monica Britton Museum, Frenchay Hospital, BS16 1LE
  • Wednesday 5 October (7pm-8.30pm) at Learning & Research Building, Southmead Hospital, BS10 5NB
  • Monday 10 October (2.30pm-6.30pm) at The Council House, Bristol City Council, BS1 5TR.

 Alternatively people can find out more and tell us what they think about our plans by:

  • Visiting our website at
  • Writing to FREEPOST, Foundation Trust Office, North Bristol NHS Trust, Southmead Hospital, Southmead Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS10 5NB
  • Emailing
  • Calling (freephone) 0800 731 0319


Foundation Trusts are independent organisations but are still very much part of the NHS. They are accountable to their members.

These members elect people to represent them onto a council of governors who are involved in making sure the hospital provides the services local people need.

The next stage of the Foundation Trust process (in late 2011) will see North Bristol NHS Trust looking to recruit patients, carers and local residents to become members of the Foundation Trust to help build strong, effective links with the local community. All staff members will automatically become members unless they choose to opt out.

The Council of Governors is a body of appointed and elected members whose role will be to help guide the development of the Trust’s services and act as guardians for the Trust’s values and standards

The role of the Council of Governors is not to manage the day-to-day running of the Trust – that is the role of the Board of Directors who will work in the same way as the current Trust Board but in close partnership with the governors.