Last chance to tell us what you think about our plans for the future

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The last public meeting for local people to come and find out more about North Bristol NHS Trust’s application to become a Foundation Trust will take place on Tuesday, November 1 at Poole Court in Yate from 6pm-7pm.

Since launching the public consultation phase of the application, the Trust has met with staff, patients, carers and local residents to get their opinions 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.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has given up their time to tell us what they think about our plans for the future since we launched the consultation phase in August.”

Consultation runs until 4 November so there’s still time to tell us what you think about the plans by:

  • Visiting our website at www.nbt.nhs.uk/ft
  • Writing to FREEPOST, Foundation Trust Office, North Bristol NHS Trust, Southmead Hospital, Southmead Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS10 5NB
  • Emailing northbristol@nhs.net
  • 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 (from early November) 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.