Published on: 8th January 2013
For the first time, board members of NHS Trusts seeking foundation trust status will be asked to make a declaration confirming that they have provided all relevant information to Monitor in the course of the assessment process.
The health sector regulator is asking boards of applicant trusts to make the assurance in a letter of representation before the trust can be considered for foundation trust status.
New guidance for applicant trusts, issued by Monitor today, also allows the regulator to require applicant trusts to commission an external review into service performance or governance arrangements where the trust has not presented enough evidence to meet the authorisation criteria.
Monitor's Executive Director of Assessment, Miranda Carter, said:
"We are implementing these changes following the recommendations from our review of lessons learnt from Morecambe Bay. We have always expected that applicants interact with Monitor in an open and transparent way. The inclusion of a letter of representation will mean that applicants will have to actively confirm that they have provided all relevant information to us as part of the assessment process. If Monitor subsequently discovers through its regulatory process that a board has not upheld the declaration then we would have cause to question the trust."
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