STRUCTURE: East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust will submit an application for foundation status to the Department of Health in October 2012, according to its strategic health authority.

NHS South East Coast board papers say East Sussex Hospitals will make its submission to DH on 1 October 2012.

The papers state: “The trust moved out 1 year from the September trajectory in light of current financial and service quality challenges.

“The SHA is working with the trust to establish a detailed timeline, enabling the trust to establish financial and service performance sustainability.”

The papers add: “This timeline may need further review depending on the impact of any vertical integration.”