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Long-term partner wanted for Sherwood Forest Trust


20 October 2015

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Monitor and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are looking to buddy up Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with another trust, after it has been in special measures for two years.

The Trust was rated as inadequate in terms of being well-led and safe, but was rated as good for being caring, the CQC report published today revealed. In February 2013, it was reviewed by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director for England and put into “Special Measures” for its high mortality rate.

Monitor and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are looking to buddy up Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with another trust, after it has been in special measures for two years.

The Trust was rated as inadequate in terms of being well-led and safe, but was rated as good for being caring, the CQC report published today revealed. In February 2013, it was reviewed by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director for England and put into “Special Measures” for its high mortality rate.

However, after two years, today Frances Shattock, regional director at Monitor, said: “We’ve agreed with the CQC that the trust will need more than a sticking plaster.”

“It will need to join in a long-term partnership with another trust if it is to deliver the change that is desperately needed. In the meantime, we’ve made a number of interim appointments, which we will be adding to in the coming weeks, to provide the trust with some of the best support the NHS can offer as it makes the urgent change needed to deliver the quality of care we all want to see.”

Peter Reading, an experienced former NHS chief executive will support and advise the executive team at the trust, while Suzanne Banks has been appointed as Interim Director of Nursing and Fiona Wise, who is the improvement director at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, has also been appointed to improve Sherwood’s maternity unit.

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