PERFORMANCE: Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust has launched a three month public consultation in prepapration for its bid to become a foundation trust.

It had previously been barred from becoming an FT due to the high secure Rampton Hospital but following the Health and Social Care Act the trust says it now has “firm” plans to become an FT.

It was granted foundation trust standard, a transitional arrangement, in September 2010 but is now free to go for full FT status.

Chief executive Mike Cooke said: “I am delighted that we are now in a position to become a full FT. Successfully passing the assessment process to achieve foundation trust standard and our continuous delivery of high quality standards over the past two years has proven that we are more than ready to become an FT.

“I look forward to the coming months and the exciting challenges becoming an FT will bring.”