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Monitor to authorise the 152nd NHS foundation trust

A community and mental health provider has been granted foundation trust status as of 1 May 2015.

Whilst Bradford District Care NHS Trust has been granted foundation trust status, it must update Monitor on the progress of planned improvements in how it is run.

To achieve foundation trust status, the trust had to prove it is well-led. The independent Care Quality Commission also used its new inspection approach to judge that the quality of care provided by the trust met the standard expected.

As a foundation trust it will be:

  • free from central government control and able to decide how to improve services for patients in Bradford
  • able to retain any surpluses it generates to invest in new services, and borrow money to support these investments
  • accountable to its local community, with local people able to become members and governors