We are delighted to announce that St George’s was authorised by Monitor to become a Foundation Trust on 2 February 2015.
Becoming a Foundation Trust is a crucial step in achieving our vision to be recognised as an excellent integrated acute and community care provider and a comprehensive specialist health provider for south west London, Surrey and beyond with thriving programmes of education and research.
It means greater involvement for staff, patients and members of the local community in how our healthcare is provided which will bring lasting improvements to our services and better health for communities.
NHS Foundation Trusts – Self Certification
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 introduced the concept of a Licence for providers of NHS services, and the NHS Provider Licence was subsequently introduced in February 2013. Foundation Trusts were licensed from April 2013, with other providers being licensed from April 2014, but it was later confirmed that the Licence would not apply to NHS Trusts.
In April 2017, NHS Improvement (NHSI) confirmed that NHS Trusts must undertake a self-certification against the NHS Provider Licence, on the basis that, despite their exemption, directions from the Secretary of State required NHSI to ensure that NHS Trusts complied with conditions equivalent to the Licence, as it deemed appropriate. As NHSI’s Single Oversight Framework (SOF) bases its oversight on the Licence, NHS Trusts are therefore legally subject to the equivalent of certain Provider Licence conditions, and must self-certify under these licence provisions.
The Trust Board approved the self-certification for 2017 at its meeting on 31/05/2017 as the Trust has taken appropriate steps to establish sound arrangements for risk management in the Trust. The information the Board took into account as part of the self-certification can be accessed via the agenda item 3.1 for the Board meeting on 31/05/2017.