The Health and Social Care Act 2012 introduced the concept of a Licence for providers of NHS services, and the NHS Provider Licence was subsequently introduced in February 2013. Foundation Trusts were licensed from April 2013, with other providers being licensed from April 2014, but it was later confirmed that the Licence would not apply to NHS Trusts. Despite this, in April 2017, NHS Improvement (NHSI) confirmed that NHS Trusts must undertake a self-certification against the NHS Provider Licence, on the basis that, despite their exemption, directions from the Secretary of State required NHSI to ensure that NHS Trusts complied with conditions equivalent to the Licence, as it deemed appropriate. As NHSI’s Single Oversight Framework (SOF) bases its oversight on the Licence, NHS Trusts are therefore legally subject to the equivalent of certain Provider Licence conditions, and must self-certify under these licence provisions.
The Trust Board approved the self-certification for 2016/17 at its meeting on 24/05/17, and the self-certification can be accessed here. The information the Board took into account as part of the self-certification can be accessed via the agenda and reports for the Board meeting on 24/05/17 (see the Board meetings and papers section).