Mental health trust comes out of special measures

The trust had been put into special measures in October 2014.

The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has come out of special measures, the health watchdog has announced.

The mental health trust was rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission in October 2014, which meant it had to be put into special measures.

Inspectors returned to trust in July and August this year and found improvements had been made. However, there were still areas where it “fell short of the standards people should be able to expect”.

The trust has now been given an overall rating of “requires improvement”.

“Our return to Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust showed significant improvement had taken place. This is reflected in the trust’s new rating.

There clearly remain areas where further work is needed, in particular with regard to how the trust manages risks to people’s safety, but we found considerable and positive change had taken place."

– Professor Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals at the Care Quality Commission