Monitor secures change of leadership at struggling community and mental health trust

Published on: 1st October 2013

Following the decision of Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust Chair Jonathan Walsh to stand down from his role, Monitor has used its powers to require the Trust to appoint Sir David Henshaw as Interim Chair, to ensure it has strong leadership in place to make the urgent improvements required in the way the Trust is run.

The health sector regulator first took action in April this year to agree a series of legally binding undertakings to improve how the Trust is run and ensure quality care. However, in September Monitor concluded that the Trust was taking too long to make the necessary changes including addressing quality of care issues raised by the Care Quality Commission.

As a result of these and other issues, Monitor imposed a new condition on the Trust’s licence which requires it to ensure its Board and committees function effectively and is able to tackle the issues causing the Trust to be in breach of its licence.

Paul Streat, Regional Director at Monitor, said: “We are using our powers to make sure that the Trust brings in the necessary skills and experience at a senior level to enable it to meet the challenges it faces and to make the improvements that are needed.

“Sir David Henshaw brings a wealth of experience and will joint the Trust on an interim basis to help accelerate the process of improving its performance for local patients.”


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