STRUCTURE: South Central Ambulance Service achieved foundation status on 1 March.

The trust will now be known as South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Chair Trevor Jones said: “Achieving foundation trust status means that SCAS will be more accountable to local people and we will have more freedom to decide how to run and deliver our services. We look forward to working with members and our newly elected governors in developing our future strategy and service development”

Chief executive Will Hancock said: “I would like to thank our staff, volunteers, co responders, members of the public and all who have engaged with the process towards ensuring SCAS’ bid to become a foundation trust was successful, this is a real vote of confidence in your local ambulance service.

“With your help we will use our NHS foundation trust status to move more rapidly in the direction we wish to go – delivering world class services under new models of care, and retaining our position as one of the leading ambulances services in England.”

The trust is looking to recruit an extra 4,000 public members by March 2013.