The Trust has real reason to celebrate because on the 1st May we officially became a Foundation Trust!
Our authorisation as a Foundation Trust marks a new era for our organisation and means that people who use services, their carers and the general public will now have more say in how it is run. As a Foundation Trust we are accountable to our local community through our 11,000 members, who are represented by the Member’s Council.
The Member’s Council is made up of 39 elected and appointed representatives including public members, staff members and people from local partner organisations, and plays an important role in influencing key decisions affecting our organisation.
At the Council’s first official meeting since our authorisation they got straight down to business and made some important decisions about how the Council and the Trust will work in the future. One of these decisions was to appoint Huddersfield man Peter Aspinall as a non-executive director.
Peter has worked locally as a finance director in the carpet industry and has good connections in the community. He brings a wealth of skills and experience to the Trust and has already made a valuable contribution.
Only the best NHS trusts in the country can gain foundation status and our Trust has been able to demonstrate that not only are we performing well, we also have strong and sustainable plans for future developments that will put our local communities’ knowledge, ideas and experiences at the heart of what we do.
Find out more about our Foundation Trust status and becoming a member in our FT section.