Today, NHS Improvement (formerly Monitor) has informed Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust that it intends to take further action to ensure the urgent patient safety improvements are made. This follows a warning notice being issued by Care Quality Commission.
The warning notice highlighted a number of improvements that needed to be made following an inspection.
NHS Improvement intends to put an additional condition in the trust’s licence to provide NHS services, which would allow it to make management changes at the trust if progress isn’t made. The Care Quality Commission identified concerns with how the trust monitors and improves the safety of its services, and how it assesses and manages any risks to its patients.
Southern Health Chief Executive Katrina Percy and Chairman Mike Petter have said in response that they “have been very clear and open that we have a lot of work to do to fully address recent concerns raised about the Trust. Good progress has been made, however we accept that the CQC feels that in some areas we have not acted swiftly enough.”
“We are committed to working with NHS Improvement to make the changes required. We remain committed to tackling these legitimate concerns as quickly as possible and will ensure you are kept fully updated.”
North West Hampshire MP, Kit Malthouse said that “We are rightly proud of our NHS but we must pursue high standards at all times. Patients deserve good, safe care and it is absolutely right that the Care Quality Commission and NHS Improvement are pushing hard for action at Southern Health. I’m also encouraged that Southern Health remain committed to change. I look forward to seeing progress in the areas that the regulator has raised so the NHS delivers the best care it can for my constituents.”