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East Anglia trust buddies up to get out of special measures

East Anglia trust buddies up to get out of special measures

Monitor has arranged for a leading mental health NHS foundation trust to help Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which is in special measures
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Monitor has arranged for a leading mental health NHS foundation trust to help Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which is in special measures.

The intervention follows an investigation into the trust’s performance number of national waiting time targets; and concerns over the effectiveness of its board.  

Staff from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will now work with Norfolk and Suffolk to improve its services and staffing levels. 

Michael Scott, chief executive at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are looking forward to working with such a highly regarded organisation as Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. 

“It was important that the right match was made and both Monitor and our executive team have considered the best trust for us to work with in this way. I am confident this is the right match for us.” 

Norfolk and Suffolk has agreed legally binding steps with Monitor to help it reduce waiting times for A&E, routine operations and cancer care.

Monitor added a further condition to the trust’s licence to require an improvement in the effectiveness of the trust’s board, so Monitor can take further action if necessary.  

Norfolk and Suffolk will create and implement an operational improvement plan, and develop and deliver a long-term strategic plan with other local care organisations.

Ruth Hawkins, chief executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare said today: “We hope to enable Norfolk and Suffolk to adopt best practice and support the significant changes in care needed for its mental health and learning disability patients. 

“I’m sure there will be a great deal of mutual learning, which will benefit both organisations, our staff, patients, service users and carers,” she continued.

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