CQC's damning report: Southern Health 'still not doing enough'

The Care Quality Commission has issued a damning report following an inspection of the way the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust looks after the people in its care. The CQC says the trust is still not doing enough.

The organisation has come under increased scrutiny over the past few months, following the revelation that there were failings in the way that it reported and investigated hundreds of unexpected deaths, particularly the deaths of people using its mental health and learning disability services.

The trust's Chief Executive, Katrina Percy, has faced increased calls for her to step down.

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NHS confirms appointment of Southern Health Chair

Southern Health has appointed Tim Smart as Interim Chair after regulatory action taken by NHS Improvement in response to serious concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission.

Tim Smart will carry out a review of the capacity and capability of the trust's current board.

NHS Improvement say they will work closely with the new Interim Chair, who takes up his post. They are also deciding whether to take further regulatory action against Southern Health.

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The people that rely on our services and their families will be at the heart of everything we do. Two of my immediate priorities are to make sure that the quality and safety of our services improve and to make sure the Board functions more effectively

– Tim Smart, Interim Chair at Southern Health

Tim Smart has previously worked as Chief Executive of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for 7 years.

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