Statutory guidance

Applying for NHS foundation trust status: guide for applicants

Guidance for NHS trusts on applying for foundation trust status. Updated in October 2015.


Guide for applicants updated October 2015

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This publication explains the requirements NHS trusts must meet to apply for foundation trust status and how to apply to Monitor.

It replaces the previous ‘Guide for applicants’ dated October 2013.

The guide has been revised for ease of use and all amendments since its first publication in 2013 have been incorporated. The content now reflects assessment against the well-led framework and some other minor changes to the application process.

Published 1 October 2013