Special measures apply when NHS trusts and foundation trusts have serious problems and there are concerns that the existing leadership cannot make the necessary improvements without support.
They consist of a set of interventions designed to remedy problems within a reasonable timeframe. Trusts may be placed in special measures as a result of serious failures in quality of care and/or serious financial problems.
Special measures for quality reasons: guidance for trusts
This guidance, jointly produced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS Improvement, describes how special measures work for quality reasons. It explains:
- why trusts are placed in special measures for quality reasons
- the process for entering special measures
- what will happen to trusts during special measures and how long special measures are intended to last
- the roles and responsibilities of key organisations involved
- when and how trusts will exit special measures, including the relationship between quality and financial performance
- if and how a trust can re-enter special measures.