The RD&E became an NHS Foundation Trust on 1 April 2004, following a rigorous assessment process; one of the first trusts in the country to achieve the new status.
As an NHS Foundation Trust, we are an independent, public benefit organisation that is not subject to direct control by the Secretary of State for Health. This means we are better able to respond to local needs and are more accountable to our local communities, through our Council of Governors and members.
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Our Council of Governors are elected by our public members and staff. Our Governors are responsible for representing public views to the Trust, holding our Board to account and deciding the appointment and remuneration of our Chairman and Non-Executive Directors.
We are also accountable to our independent regulator, NHS England & Improvement, which ensures that we work within our terms of authorisation and our constitution. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspects the Trust to ensure services are of the highest quality.