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About us

The Foundation Trust Network (FTN) is the membership organisation for NHS public provider trusts. We represent every variety of trust, from large acute and specialist hospitals through to community, ambulance and mental health trusts. Our members provide the full range of NHS services in hospitals, the community and at home.

The FTN is the single voice for NHS public providers, recognised for our effective lobbying and influence within government, as a promoter of shared learning, and as a provider of exceptional support and development for our members.

The FTN was set up in June 2004 and currently has over 200 NHS organisations in membership - including nearly all of the authorised foundation trusts and most of the NHS trusts, mental health and ambulance trusts and, more recently, community services providers preparing for foundation trust status.

The FTN is a member owned charity with a board of elected trustees working with and for our members to promote a vibrant and sustainable NHS public provider sector. The board meets ten times a year.

The Board is chaired on an interim basis by Tony Thorne, chair of South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS foundation trust. Its chief executive is Chris Hopson.

The FTN currently has 30 employees, you can meet the team here.

Membership of the Foundation Trust Network is open to all foundation trusts and NHS trusts.

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