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Ten things to know about foundation trusts (1 CPD hour)

Read and reflect on this guide to Foundation Trusts - then draw up your own simple action plan to put your learning into practice.

Learning objectives

This module discusses Foundation Trusts, covering:

  • The difference between an NHS trust and a Foundation Trust
  • The process of becoming a Foundation Trust
  • Reinvesting financial surpluses back into their own services to drive innovation
  • The freedom of Foundation Trusts have to be innovative
  • Being aware of potential conflicts of interest

After reading this article you will be asked to record your learning points and some action points to earn a suggested 1 CPD credit. Below are some suggested questions to reflect on as you work through the module:

  1. What are the fundamental differences between a traditional trust and a Foundation Trust?
  2. Who regulates Foundation Trusts?
  3. What challenges do Foundation Trusts throw up for GP commissioners?

This module was first published on 14th January 2011 and was up to date with all key guidelines and evidence at that point. It will be reviewed as part of our routine update cycle by 14th January 2013 but will be updated sooner to reflect any key guideline changes.

The article that forms the basis of this module appeared in Practical Commissioning magazine

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