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Sunday 23rd October 2016

Christies wins foundation grade

8th May 2007

The Christie Hospital in Manchester has won NHS foundation status.


The specialist cancer hospital had to pass a series of tests in its bid for a foundation grade but in doing so has won the opportunity to engage in commercial activities.  The Christie Hospital has also gained greater control over its finances as it begins operating under its new name, Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Foundation trusts have great independence.  They are able to offer high salaries to attract specialist staff, borrow money to pay for capital investments and retain income from land sales.  Foundation trusts are controlled outside of the Department of Health (DoH) and regional health authority meaning that a board of local people made up of staff, patients and volunteers control how the hospital operates. Although the Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will no longer be held accountable for performance managed by the North West Health Authority or the DoH they will still be regulated by an independent body called Monitor – the organisation responsible for authorising, monitoring and regulating all foundation trusts.

Christies plans to spend its first 3 months as a foundation trust identifying a range of projects to drive the organisation forwards.  It hopes to conduct detailed interviews with patients to identify areas for improvement as well as expanding its patient trials unit.  The Trust also hopes to begin implementing plans for providing cancer treatments at other hospitals across the North West.


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