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Monitor confirms delay to awarding FT status

Monitor has confirmed that it will not grant Foundation Trust status to any further NHS Trusts until it receives “robust assurance” from the CQC that applicants are providing a good quality of care for patients.

The CQC has already introduced its new approach for Acute Trusts and is developing methodology to pilot new inspections for other NHS Trusts in the new year. Applicant Trusts closest to entering the application process for FT status, or already in the process, will be prioritised for the updated inspections once they begin.

As an interim measure Monitor will continue to work with Trusts currently in assessment to focus on areas where early identification of issues will be the most beneficial; if this is successful the applicant can move on to the second phase of assessment once the CQC inspection has been satisfactorily completed.

Miranda Carter, Executive Director of Assessment at Monitor, said: “We know that these changes to the assessment system are difficult, particularly for Trusts currently going through the process. But the public expects us to be sure that Trusts are ready for Foundation Trust status from a quality of care and financial perspective.

“We’ve worked closely with our partners at the CQC and the NHS TDA to try and limit any delay, and are continuing to work with aspirant Trusts.”