Between February and May 2012, strategic health authority (SHA) clusters will be introducing a single operating model (SOM) to support and assure NHS trusts through their foundation trust (FT) applications.
Drawing on best practice, the model will introduce one common set of tools, processes and guidance for FT development and application, which are more aligned with Monitor’s authorisation approach, bring greater transparency; and will enable a smoother transition of responsibilities from SHA Clusters to the NHS Trust Development Authority (NTDA) in April 2013.
Led by SHA Clusters the model has been developed in partnership with the Department of Health, to ensure the relevant experience and knowledge is informing the development of this best practice and forward-looking approach.
The SOM will be introduced in five phases streamlining the tools and guidance available to support and manage NHS trusts through the FT application process. The first element of the model focuses on the development and assurance of Foundation Trust (FT) applications.