What is a foundation trust?

About Us

We became a foundation trust on 1 October 2007.

What are foundation trusts?

  • Part of the NHS, but unlike ordinary NHS organisations, we have thousands of members, recruited from
    • service users
    • carers
    • members of staff
    • partner organisations
    • interested people in the local community.
  • At the heart of a patient-led NHS, but are not directed in the same way by central government. Instead our managers and staff work with local people to plan and deliver services rather than give you what we think is best.
  • Foundation Trusts are subject to the NHS standards, performance ratings and systems of inspection.


Trust Board / Council Structure

LPFT's board / council structure

The Trust has a Board of Directors and a Council of Governors. 

The Board of Directors is made up of a Chair, 5 Non-Executive Director and the Executive Directors (Chief Executive, Director of Finance & Information, Medical Director, Director of Nursing and Quality, Director of People, Director of Operations and the Director of Corporate Governance).

The Council of Governors has 35 seats. This comprises of Public Elected Governors (Public Constituencies including North Kesteven, South Kesteven, East Lindsey, West Lindsey, Borough of Boston, South Holland, Lincoln City and the Rest of England) and Service User and Carer Constituency (7 Service User Governors, 3 General Carer Governors and 1 Young People Carer Governor). It also includes Stakeholder Appointed Governors from Lincolnshire Council Council (2), University of Lincoln (1), Trust Volunteers (1), Shine Lincolnshire (1), Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board (1) and Healthwatch (1)), and finally Staff Elected Governors (2 Adult Inpatient Governors, 2 Specialist Services Governors, 1 Corporate Services Governor, 2 Adult Community Governors and 2 Older Adult Services Governors).

Benefits of being a foundation trust

Local involvement 

Members and governors have a greater say in how our services are managed and improved. We ensure that everyone regardless of background or circumstances have access to services.

Local employment  

By having foundation trust status it helps us attract, train and keep high quality staff in Lincolnshire.

Local partnerships  

Our council of governors includes representatives from other key organisations in the local area including:

  • other Lincolnshire NHS organisations
  • Lincolnshire County Council
  • district councils
  • the police
  • University of Lincoln.

By having representatives from these organisations we are able to create stronger working relationships.

Local financial controls

NHS foundation trusts are subject to less financial controls from central government. This means that any money not spent by the end of the financial year can be carried forward. Therefore extra money can be invested into local services and future service developments.

For more information about foundation trusts, see our FAQ section.

Contact details


Trust secretary
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
St George's
Lincoln LN1 1FS


Telephone 01522 309176

Email address


Related links

Council of Governors

Board of Directors

Frequently asked questions