STRUCTURE: East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said it hopes to meet the government’s target date of April 2014 for being authorised as a foundation trust, according to latest board papers.

Dr Amanda Harrison, director of strategic development and assurance, reported that the trust’s timeline for Foundation Trust application had been confirmed by the Department of Health.

She told the board the trust’s timetable included “a date for final submission to the Department of Health in October 2013, with the aim being that the trust would be authorised in April 2014”.

The tripartite formal agreement had been posted on the trust’s website.