STRUCTURE: East Kent Community Services 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 state: “The provider arm of Eastern Coastal Kent PCT was formally established as an NHS Trust from 1 November 2010.

“Taking account of the future proposals to include the provider arm of West Kent PCT into the newly merged Trust from 1 April 2011, a trajectory of 1 June [2013] to DH has been agreed to achieve Community Foundation Trust status.”