• The Royal Wolverhampton Trust has been brought in to help support improvements at the Dudley Group FT 
  • The Black Country trust is supporting its neighbour with improvements in nursing and accident and emergency
  • The news comes as sources confirm Dudley’s chief nurse Siobhan Jordan has gone on extended leave

A trust criticised for the safety of its emergency services has brought in a neighbouring provider to help support improvements in nursing and A&E, HSJ has learned

The Dudley Group Foundation Trust has brought in The Royal Wolverhampton Trust to help support it improve sepsis management within nursing and its emergency services.

The news comes as multiple sources confirm the trust’s chief nurse Siobhan Jordan, who is embroiled in a whistleblowing investigation, has gone on extended leave.

In a statement, the trust’s chief executive Diane Wake said: “Ms Jordan is our chief nurse and her current leave is not associated to any whistle blowing matters raised.”

HSJ understands staff at Royal Wolverhampton have been sent in to help the Dudley Group with sepsis management within nursing, while some of its emergency physicians are advising the trust’s emergency department. 

This follows four enforcement action notices served on the trust by the Care Quality Commission over the safety of its emergency services, since January this year. 

In June, the trust’s emergency department was rated inadequate by the CQC which raised specific concerns over the poor management of deteriorating patients and the detection of sepsis.

In July, 42 senior clinicians sent a letter to the trust’s chair Jenni Ord, raising concerns about the senior leadership team and the quality of leadership in the organisation.

Ms Jordan, along with chief executive Diane Wake, director of human resources Andrew McMenemy and medical director Julian Hobbs, were directly named in the letter. 

Capsticks law firm was commissioned by NHS Improvement in August to carry out an independent investigation of into the whistleblowing concerns.

NHS Improvement said it would be inappropriate to comment on Ms Jordan whilst its whistleblowing investigation is ongoing.