Following an inspection report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which found longstanding risks of patient harm, we took immediate action and asked the trust to appoint its new Interim Chair, Tim Smart.
We've today taken fresh action to support Tim in making immediate improvements to address the problems identified by CQC.
What's been agreed
The latest additions to existing regulatory action at the trust include:
- the trust continuing its steps to resolve the
patient safety problems found by CQC, including for example risks to
patients in the physical environment at the trust and the quality and
governance of services
- a review by the trust of how it engages with and listens to service users, carers, families and its stakeholders
We'll also create a new local oversight group with local commissioners and NHS England, to coordinate the local healthcare system to support the trust and hold it to account for improvements.
These latest measures are in addition to previous work agreed with the trust to improve how it investigates, reports on and learns from deaths among people experiencing mental illness and/or with learning disabilities, autsism or both.