STRUCTURE: The chief executive of Bedford Hospital Trust has said the organisation has to keep open all options on the road to foundation trust status – including working with a partner. 

Speaking after a meeting of stakeholders, Joe Harrison said: “While becoming an NHS FT independently remains an option, we also need to consider other potential options, including proceeding with a partner, to enable us to get where we need to be.”

The stakeholder and staff event allowed the trust’s challenges and opportunities to be examined. The two day event was facilitated by the strategic projects team at NHS Midlands and East.