High Peak residents will be able to have a greater say over how their health services are run after Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust was awarded foundation trust status.
The trust, one of the largest providers of specialist community health services in the country, is one of the first of its kind to become a foundation trust, after the move was authorised by health watchdogs Monitor.
Patients, staff and the public now have the chance to become members or governors, with a formal say over how the trust is run.
The trust will also have more freedom to shape services that match the needs of local people.
Miranda Carter, Executive Director of Provider Appraisal at Monitor, said: “The authorisation of a trust that provides healthcare in the community is proof that foundation trust status is attainable by all types of health care organisation.”