PERFORMANCE: Rotherham Foundation Trust has made ‘significant improvements’ to how it is run, and is no longer in breach of its licence to provide services relating to governance, Monitor has said.

Monitor took regulatory action against the trust in 2013, after it was found to be in breach of its licence for its financial planning, the effectiveness of its board and patient record keeping.

Rotherham hospital

Monitor took regulatory action against Rotherham FT in 2013

In a statement issued last week, the regulator said: “Strengthening the senior leadership and improving how the board and its committees function has helped ensure the trust can provide quality care for its patients by making sure potential problems are identified and fixed.

“Monitor has agreed that Rotherham Foundation Trust has made the improvements necessary to address licence breaches relating to governance at board level.”

Monitor removed the breaches associated with the trust’s electronic record system in July, but it remains in breach for its strategic and financial planning.

The regulator’s regional director Paul Chandler said: “It has taken some time, but the trust has made significant improvements in how it is run and strengthened its senior leadership.

“We think patients are benefitting from the progress that’s been made but want to ensure that the trust continues to improve, particularly in sticking to its plan to deliver quality and sustainable services to patients.”

Trust chair Martin Havenhand said he welcomed Monitor’s announcement.

“Strong leadership has been the key to these improvements. I hope that this news will increase the momentum for the Trust continuing to making real quality improvements to services,” he added.