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More information about Foundation Trusts

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This page is about how the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Foundation Trust has been set up.

It explains that a Foundation Trust must listen to local people, patients, staff as well as the governors.

More information about Foundation Trusts

Foundation Trusts are still part of the NHS and have to meet NHS standards in providing high quality, free healthcare. However there are some differences in the way they are run.

Although we are not a Foundation Trust, we still have a membership and shadow governors. Membership is open to anyone aged 16 or over who live in Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and North Wales.

There are two categories of members for our Trust:

  • public
  • staff

We aim to have a membership which is both representative and involved in the activities of the Trust.

Foundation trusts have:

  • have freedom to decide locally how to meet their obligations
  • are accountable to local people, who can become members and governors
  • are authorised and monitored by an independent regulator for NHS foundation trusts

One of the most important differences is that foundation trusts are accountable to local people, patients, staff, members and governors. This means that local communities and our staff can have a say in how we provide our services.


Foundation Trusts are membership organisations which seek to recruit members from amongst staff and the public. An advantage of becoming a Foundation Trust is that there will be more freedom to explore different ways of developing our services, with new powers to enter into legal and financial agreements. Foundation Trusts are still closely inspected to make sure we meet rigorous NHS standards.

The independent regulator, Monitor and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulate all Foundation Trusts to ensure that they meet the required national standards of quality, care and financial sustainability.