|Evaluation of Community Foundation Trusts Project|
|Lead: Pauline Allen
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
In the late 1990s community health services (CHS) were integrated with commissioners of services in Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). By the mid 2000s, it was decided that CHS should be organisationally separated from commissioners. This was part of a general move towards increasing market structures and competition in the NHS. One potential organisational form for CHS was the creation of community NHS Foundation Trusts (CFTs). In 2007, the Department of Health (DH) set up a pilot programme to establish a number of CFTs by 2009. In 2008, the DH commissioned this study, to evaluate the CFT pilot programme.
The aim of the summative evaluation was to identify the outcomes of the DH pilot programme establishing CFTs. The evaluation aimed to focus on whether participants in the pilot programme, in comparison with in-house providers of CHS, delivered:
The aim of the formative evaluation of the processes of change was to identify the drivers of change, and the causes lying behind any observed quality improvements. This qualitative part of the evaluation would distinguish the key success factors which could subsequently be used to improve CFT policy as it was rolled out nationally.
The original study design and methods consisted of the following elements:
updated: 16 August 2013
Design: C Rivett-Carnac