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Tuesday 15 June 2021
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Salford Royal one of only four Trusts to be accredited as a foundation group leader

Four high performing foundation trusts have become the first trusts in the country to be accredited by NHS Improvement to lead groups or chains of NHS providers.


The four trusts are all Acute Care Collaboration (ACC) vanguards, part of the new care models programme.


The NHS Five Year Forward View signposted the need for new models of care to respond to the challenges faced by the NHS.


The vanguards are trialling different forms, ranging from buddying, partnerships and federations through to formal consolidation through mergers and acquisitions, but they all share the common goal of improving services for patients.  By linking together hospitals, the aim is to improve their clinical and financial viability, creating better and more sustainable services for patients. They will improve efficiency and the quality of clinical services by sharing excellent practice.


The four foundation group leaders accredited are:


  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust


The accreditation process looked at each potential foundation group leader’s current quality and financial performance and management capacity and capability to ensure they are starting from a sound position to deliver their plans.


The accredited NHS providers will now begin to implement their new models in 2016/17.


David Dalton
Sir David Dalton

Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive of Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Trusts, said: “The key aim of leading a Group of NHS providers is to deliver high quality care that is standardised and replicated across all organisations to improve patient outcomes and deliver better value for money. Assuring the reliable delivery of high standards, at scale to a greater population, allows quicker decision making and ensures that those decisions are taken in the interest of the population.  This contrasts with delays in decision making which often occur when multiple organisations are assessing the impact of changes on themselves rather than the wider interests of the population they should be serving.


“Salford Royal’s particular interest is in utilising digital solutions to support staff in their clinical decision making so that they can know if they are adhering to the evidence of best clinical practice.  This technology can also support the best utilisation of resources, with improvements to patient pathways and electronic scheduling of tests and appointments.


“Most modern industries, healthcare and otherwise, deploy digital solutions and new technologies to reliably meet their standards of service.  The NHS has the opportunity to do likewise so that patients can have the high quality and reliable services they deserve.  This will be the approach which Salford Royal wishes to pursue with partners in a Group.


“Salford Royal, which is one of only five Trusts in the country to be rated ‘outstanding’ by the CQC, has started this improvement journey with Pennine Acute Trust and I am optimistic that this is the beginning of an arrangement which can provide positive changes which will be appreciated by staff, patients and the communities we serve.”


Jim Mackey, Chief Executive of NHS Improvement said: “Today is a big step forward for the NHS. It is a great example of how we can ensure as many patients as possible benefit from the best leadership the NHS has to offer.


“Being in a group isn’t right for everyone. The accreditation process considered not only the quality of services on offer and the management trusts have, but also the benefits that trusts will get from being part of a group and the potential risks they face.”


Minister for Community Health and Care, David Mowat, said: “For the NHS to continue to improve care and benefit patients it’s vital that trusts can share best practice and learn from each other. The new foundation group leaders will not only drive up standards, but support the innovative new models of care programme that is delivering positive change across the NHS.”