Challenges facing foundation trusts and aspirants

A perspective from the Foundation Trust Network
The King's Fund, London W1G 0AN
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About this event

About this event

Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of the Foundation Trust Network will talk about the challenges facing providers in the health care sector, as they face the longest and deepest financial squeeze in the history of the NHS; how to cope with rising demand and how to address the need to move to new models of care.

Chris will set out the changes that are needed to support providers as they continue to play that central role in the NHS and meet what one system leader has described as the 'extraordinarily difficult challenge' of the next few years.


Chris Hopson

Chief Executive, Foundation Trust Network

Chris is Chief Executive of the Foundation Trust Network (FTN), the membership organisation for the NHS acute hospitals and community, mental health and ambulance services. The FTN helps those NHS trusts deliver high-quality, patient-focused care by enabling them to learn from each other, acting as their public voice and helping shape the system in which they operate. The FTN has over 225 members – more than 90 per cent of all NHS foundation trusts and aspirant trusts – who collectively account for £65 billion of annual expenditure and employ more than 630,000 staff.

Prior to joining the FTN in September 2012, Chris undertook board-level roles at HM Revenue and Customs and Granada Media Group (subsequently ITV plc). In his last role he was responsible for managing 12,500 staff in HMRC’s Customer Contact Directorate – one of the UK’s largest customer service businesses.

Chris holds an MBA from Cranfield, was the first political adviser at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and was Chief Executive of the Social Democratic Party. For six years, he also chaired the Foyer Federation, a UK-wide charity helping 10,000 homeless 16-25 year olds make the transition to independent adulthood each year. He is also a graduate of the cross-Whitehall High Potential Development Scheme, created in 2006 to identify and develop the next generation of top Civil Service leaders.