Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.
The Care Quality Commission has rated Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust ‘inadequate’ and recommended the trust be placed into special measures.
WORKFORCE: Staff at two small units run by Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust are to wear a uniform of blue polo shirts for a trail period.
WORKFORCE: Maggie Wheeler has been reappointed chair of Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust after accepting an extension to continue her role.
PERFORMANCE: An independent review has cleared Suffolk Mental Health Partnership Trust of responsibility for a murder by a service user, but has highlighted weaknesses at the trust.
STRUCTURE: The delayed takeover of Suffolk Mental Health Partnership Trust has been signed off by Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health FT’s board.
The South Essex primary care trust cluster is planning to make £300m of savings in the next four years, so it probably does not want to be playing musical chairs with its board.
PERFORMANCE: Suffolk Mental Health Partnership is addressing the concerns of a highly critical report published in May, the trust has claimed.
COMMERCIAL: A new inpatient mental health facility is due to open at Suffolk Mental Health Trust next week.
Trusts involved in mergers should not “second guess” Monitor’s decisions or they risk having to “unwind” arrangements at taxpayers’ expense, the regulator’s boss has warned.
STRUCTURE: Monitor will allow a mental health trust in the East of England to be taken over despite a Cooperation and Competition Panel ruling against the acquisition.
The government has identified 20 trusts whose “clinical and financial stability is at risk” because of “cash-flow shortages” and legacy debt.
STRUCTURE: A new mental health facility will open at Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust on 20 October.
PERFORMANCE: Four in every five Suffolk users of psychological therapy provided by Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) were satisfied or very satisfied with their therapist, a survey has found.
A performance report from NHS East of England this month showed a mixed picture. While referrals are down in the region, activity for both elective and non-elective procedures is nearly 2 per cent higher than last year.
NHS East of England has “endorsed” the move to formal arbitration for Suffolk Mental Health Trust’s contract dispute with NHS Suffolk over a talking therapies service.
STRUCTURE: NHS East of England has asked Monitor to reject recommendations by the Cooperation and Competition Panel and “expedite” the merger of two mental health providers in the region on patient safety grounds.
COMMERCIAL: A mental health trust in the East of England may be “heading to arbitration” over the terms of its talking therapies programme, having failed to sign its contract for the current financial year.
STRUCTURE: Suffolk Mental Health Partnership Trust has said it is not in possession of independent reports into its planned merger with Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health FT.