Consultation outcome

Regulation of NHS charities

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Detail of outcome

Respondents to the consultation approved in principle the idea that, in the future, they could establish their NHS charity to operate on a more independent basis. Among other things this will mean they can, if they choose, appoint a dedicated board of trustees with the expertise to develop the charity.

A layer of central bureaucracy is also being removed because in future where NHS charities decide to follow this path neither the department nor ministers will be involved in appointments to the charities and fund transfers.

Original consultation

Summary

The Department of Health is seeking feedback from the NHS and other interested parties on final proposals to revise the governance of NHS charities.

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Consultation description

NHS charities were established to receive and manage charitable funds to support healthcare in the NHS. They are typically linked to individual NHS providers (mainly hospital trusts) and range from Great Ormond Street to residual historical funds.

The proposals will:

  • remove regulation by ministers
  • enable NHS charities to establish and operate more flexibly and independently, in the interests of donors and patients
  • preserve the close relationship with the providers of NHS services that the charities support.

We are primarily seeking feedback from NHS bodies, their charities, patient groups and other interested organisations, but will also take account of any other feedback received.

The executive summary contains the proposals and a feedback questionnaire and the deadline for comments is by 31 January 2013.

Documents

Executive summary of the review of NHS charities and feedback request

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Summary report of the review of NHS charities

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Full report on the review of the regulation and governance of NHS charities

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Published 1 November 2012
Last updated 14 March 2014 + show all updates
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