Monitor, the sector regulator for health services in England, is today (30 January 2015) reporting that local patients are benefitting from improvements made by The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in its hospital and community services.
In 2013, the regulator stepped in after issues relating to some governance issues were identified. The Trust was deemed to be in breach of its Provider Licence around three issues relating to our Electronic Patient Records (EPR), the effectiveness of the Board of Directors, and the Trust’s financial planning. This is something not to be taken lightly and the Trust had to give undertakings to take action to improve the situation in these three areas.
In July 2014, Monitor removed the breaches associated with the EPR issue. The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust was only the second trust in England to have achieved regulatory compliance in this way at that time.
In relation to the enforcement relating to governance, there have been significant changes made. Monitor is today reporting that by strengthening its senior leadership team and improving how the Board and its committees function, the Trust is now managing the organisation in a better way.
Monitor has formally agreed that The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is no longer in breach of its licence to provide NHS services relating to governance. This is welcome news and testament to the hard work that has been done in governance.
However, the Trust still remains in breach for its financial planning and continues to work with Monitor and other partners to build on the progress made since 2013. This week, the Trust Board spent time discussing the strategic and financial plans needed for 2015 and beyond.
TRFT Chief Executive, Louise Barnett, said: “We have worked hard to identify and address the issues highlighted by Monitor, firstly with our electronic patient records and now with our Board governance.
“I am really pleased that Monitor has recognised the progress we have made and that we are no longer in breach of our licence to provide NHS services relating to governance.
“This is very good news for us. We now need to work hard to achieve the same progress with regards to our financial planning.”
Trust Chairman, Martin Havenhand, said: “Today’s announcement by Monitor is great news for our local community and I welcome it.
“Strong leadership has been the key to these improvements. I hope that this news will increase the momentum for the Trust continuing to making real quality improvements to services.
“I would encourage the public to get involved and help us drive service improvements. We have an event for the public led by our Governors on Wednesday 4 February; Trust Board meetings are open to the public and there is a CQC listening event for the public on the evening of Tuesday 17 February at the Holiday Inn, West Bawtry Road, Rotherham.”
To find out more about these events, look on the Trust website on the links below: