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Ubht Becomes Foundation Trust

The independent regulator for NHS Foundation Trusts, Monitor, has announced today that UHBristol will be authorised as the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. 

This is the result of a lot of hard work by our staff as well as the support we have received from our partners and our members that has helped us to achieve Foundation Trust status.  The change in our name underlines the importance we place on research and teaching with our University partners, said Dr Graham Rich, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

The awarding of Foundation Trust status recognises the clinical, governance and financial strength that UHBristol has developed and confirms the high quality services provided across all its hospitals; as well as recognising that the staff employed at UHBristol are amongst the very best in the NHS.

It is a remarkable achievement for UH Bristol, especially when we look back at the recent five years and see how far we have come, however, achieving this status is not an end in itself; rather it is a means to enable us to provide patient care, education and teaching of the highest quality, added Dr Rich.

It also means that UH Bristol will be freer to develop services to meet local priorities.  With a Foundation Trust membership of 8,500 UHBristol will be able to involve many more local people more effectively in its plans and if the Trust continues to deliver a financial surplus that surplus will be reinvested to further improve facilities and services, including moving out of the old BRI building, opening the Bristol Heart Institute and the bringing together of all hospital based childrens services in the Greater Bristol area.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust will be accountable to people of Greater Bristol and beyond, through its Foundation Trust membership and the Council of Governors. 

This is a real milestone for the Trust, for our patients and our staff and we have a clear task ahead of us, to be ambitious for our patients, to look out to our communities and use our freedoms to develop more responsive and higher quality services, concluded Dr Rich.