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Health and Social Care Act 2001

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45Care Trusts

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(1)Where—

(a)a Primary Care Trust or an NHS trust is, or is to be, a party to any existing or proposed LA delegation arrangements, and

(b)the relevant authority is of the opinion that designation of the trust as a Care Trust would be likely to promote the effective exercise by the trust of prescribed health-related functions of a local authority (in accordance with the arrangements) in conjunction with prescribed NHS functions of the trust,

the relevant authority may designate the trust as a Care Trust.

(2)A trust may, however, only be so designated in pursuance of an application made to the relevant authority jointly by every prescribed body.

(3)If—

(a)the relevant authority is of the opinion that it would be appropriate to do so, and

(b)the application under subsection (2) requests the authority to do so,

the authority may when designating a trust as a Care Trust direct that, while it is so designated, the trust may (in addition to exercising health-related functions of the local authority as mentioned in subsection (1)(b)) exercise such prescribed health-related functions of the local authority as are specified in the direction in relation to persons in any area so specified, even though it does not exercise any NHS functions in relation to persons in that area.

(4)Where a body is designated as a Care Trust under this section—

(a)its designation may be revoked by the relevant authority at any time—

(i)of the authority’s own motion, and

(ii)after such consultation as the authority considers appropriate;

(b)if an application for the revocation of its designation is made to the relevant authority by one or more of the parties to the LA delegation arrangements, its designation shall be revoked by the relevant authority at the earliest time at which the authority considers it practicable to do so, having regard, in particular, to any steps that need to be taken in relation to those arrangements in connection with the revocation.

(5)The designation of a body as a Care Trust under this section shall be effected by an order under section 16A of the 1977 Act or section 5(1) of the 1990 Act (as the case may be) which—

(a)(in the case of an existing body) amends the order establishing the body so as to change its name to one that includes the words “Care Trust”, or

(b)(in the case of a new body) establishes the body with a name that includes those words;

and any revocation of its designation shall be effected by a further order under that provision which makes such provision for changing the name of the body as the relevant authority considers expedient.

(6)The power of the relevant authority to dissolve a Primary Care Trust or an NHS trust shall include power to dissolve such a trust where the authority is of the opinion that it is appropriate to do so in connection with the designation of any other such body (whether existing or otherwise) as a Care Trust.

(7)Regulations may make such incidental, supplementary or consequential provision (including provision amending, repealing or revoking enactments) as the relevant authority considers expedient in connection with the preceding provisions of this section.

(8)Regulations under subsection (7) may, in particular, make provision—

(a)prescribing—

(i)the manner and circumstances in which, and

(ii)any conditions which must be satisfied before,

an application may be made for a body to be designated as a Care Trust under this section, or to cease to be so designated, and the information to be supplied with such an application;

(b)enabling the relevant authority to terminate appointments of persons as members of a Primary Care Trust or of the board of directors of an NHS trust (or of a committee of such a trust) where the authority is of the opinion that it is appropriate to do so in connection with the designation of the trust as a Care Trust;

(c)requiring the consent of the relevant authority to be obtained before any prescribed change is made with respect to the governance of a body so designated;

(d)for supplementing or modifying, in connection with the operation of subsection (3), any provision made by regulations under section 31 of the Health Act 1999 (c. 8) (partnership arrangements between NHS bodies and local authorities).

(9)The designation of a body as a Care Trust under this section shall not affect any of the functions, rights or liabilities of that body in its capacity as a Primary Care Trust or NHS trust (as the case may be).

(10)In connection with the exercise by a body so designated of any relevant social services functions under LA delegation arrangements—

(a)section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 (c. 42) (authorities to exercise social services functions under guidance of Secretary of State), and

(b)section 7A of that Act (directions of Secretary of State as to exercise of such functions),

shall apply to the body as if it were a local authority within the meaning of that Act.

(11)In this section—

  • “health-related functions” and “local authority” have the same meaning as in section 31 of the Health Act 1999;

  • “LA delegation arrangements” means arrangements falling within section 31(2)(b) of the Health Act 1999 (c. 8), whether or not made in conjunction with any pooled fund arrangements;

  • “NHS functions” means functions exercisable by a Primary Care Trust or NHS trust in its capacity as such;

  • “pooled fund arrangements” means arrangements falling within section 31(2)(a) of the Health Act 1999;

  • “prescribed” means prescribed to any extent by regulations;

  • “relevant social services functions” means health-related functions which are social services functions within the meaning of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 (c. 42).

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