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More than 6,000 members already signed up

More than 6,000 patients, carers and members of our local communities have already signed up as members of our proposed new foundation trust.

Once we become a foundation trust, Barts and The London will be accountable to our members via elected representatives, who will be patients or their carers, members of the local community and hospital staff. 

You too can demonstrate your support and be part of your world-renowned local hospitals by joining us now.  Click here to find out more about the benefits of membership and to complete an online application form.

Department of Health response to our foundation trust application 

We submitted our final application, known as the integrated business plan, to the Department of Health at the end April 2007, following a three-month consultation - you can download the Consultation Response here.

As well as providing a summary of the consultation, the integrated business plan sets out comprehensive descriptions of our vision and strategy, future service development plans, workforce strategy, financial plans and governance arrangements.  You can download the Executive Summary of our integrated business plan here.

The Department has now assessed our application and confirmed that it is strong, but have asked that we undertake further financial analysis of some elements, before we proceed to the final stage of the application process.  We currently hope to resubmit our application in summer 2008. 

Of the eight trusts originally invited by the Department of Health to submit foundation trust applications at the same time as Barts and The London, just two have been approved to go forward to be assessed by Monitor, the foundation trust regulator, at this stage.

While the delay in completing the process is disappointing, it will not hold up any of the fundamentals in our application to become a foundation trust.  We will continue, as planned, to invite patients, carers and local residents to become members, enabling them to become more involved in our service development at the earliest possible opportunity.

Academic health sciences centre

We are also keeping up the momentum behind the creation of one of the UK's first academic health sciences centres, which will allow us to integrate clinical services, research and education to become truly leading edge.

This development has generated considerable support and enthusiasm within our hospitals, the Department of Health and our main academic partner, Barts and The London School of Medicine as well as with St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery and other academic partners.

The creation of an academic health sciences centre will enable us to work much more closely together with our partners to speed new cures and treatments from the scientist’s bench to the patient’s bedside. It will give our patients greater and faster access to clinical trials and breakthroughs in new cures and treatments. It will also enable us to focus more research into diseases and conditions that particularly affect our local populations.