Looked at this on the web. You can find it here if you are interested.
I was interested in the Principal Objectives - the main aims of the organisation - for last year, and in the way they are phrased:
"In 2007-8 we set out three Principal Objectives. We will strive to:
exceed the expectations of our Service Users with the quality and responsiveness of our services;
continue to be a financially sound organisation and achieve our financial surplus target; and
achieve Foundation Trust status in 2009."
It implies, doesn't it, that the objective last year was to achieve Foundation trust status in this coming year, 2009.
But that wasn't their aim last year. Last year's objectives were:
"The Trust Board has agreed three Principal Objectives for the coming year. These are:
To aim to exceed the expectations of our service users with the quality & responsiveness of our services;
To continue to be a financially sound organisation and achieve our financial surplus target;
To achieve Foundation status during 2008."
They could argue that they succeeded in the first ojective, because they could argue that they did "aim" to exceed expectations. Unfortunately, based on the HCC survey last year, they missed that aim, being rated by patients as "below average". The most recent results are still awaited. This document hints at some concern over the potential results.
I don't know whether they are financially sound. I suspect they are. I can't interpret all the figures. I do wonder at what cost they are financially sound, in terms of the people who are supposed to matter - the service users.
They certainly didn't achieve the final objective - and the date they are aiming for keeps changing with every board meeting, it seems.