New interim Chair leads review into the future of Southern Health services

A service review led by the trust’s new interim Chair Alan Yates, is to determine how services run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust can be best provided in the future.

The trust launched the review last month and will involve working closely with clinicians, patients, families and the wider health and social care economy to ensure that the way services are provided best meet the needs of patients and service users. Once the findings of the review have been considered, this could result in a reconfiguration of services and transformation of the trust. 

What has been agreed?

We've required the trust to appoint Alan Yates, who is currently Improvement Director, to take on the additional duties of interim Chair, following the resignation of Tim Smart in September. Julie Dawes, the trust’s substantive Director of Nursing, will continue as interim Chief Executive. 

Alan has supported the trust to improve services as Improvement Director since April, and has over 35 years’ managerial experience within the NHS. He has been Chief Executive of three different trusts which all included mental health and learning disabilities services. He was also the Improvement Director for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which was removed from special measures last month, following a Care Quality Commission inspection. 

Anne Eden, Executive Regional Managing Director for the South at NHS Improvement, said: 

“The trust has some excellent staff working hard to improve services for patients. We want to work with them, plus those who use the services and their families, to help design their future. 

“It is good news that Alan has agreed to take on the role of interim Chair, for a four month period. His skills and significant knowledge of the trust will be valuable in leading the trust through the many challenges ahead.”

The review is expected to conclude early next year. 

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