STRUCTURE: Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals will submit its authorisation for foundation status to the Department of Health in May 2011, according to its strategic health authority.

NHS South East Coast board papers discuss a letter from the chair of the acute trust to health secretary Andrew Lansley on the issue.

The papers state: “In his letter to Secretary of State, the chair of BSUH set out a timeline for the trust to be authorised as an FT by November 2011, requiring a submission to DH in May 2011.

It added: “This ambitious timeline was reviewed at the trust readiness board to board on 11th January 2011 where it was agreed that the trust were in a position to go out to consultation, but that they should review the overall timeline, with a final date for submission to be agreed.”