Katrina Percy Chief Executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust said:
“Today the health sector regulator, Monitor has announced its decision to take enforcement action against Southern Health. We have been under investigation by Monitor following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection at our learning disability inpatient unit at Slade House in Oxford in September 2013. This highlighted that our service was not providing the standard of care our patients should expect. Today that investigation has resulted in enforcement action being agreed with the Trust.
We have agreed with Monitor that we need to do a number of things to demonstrate improvements. These are:
- Deliver our improvement plan for our learning disability services
- Address the action plans for CQC warning notices across all of our services
- Deliver improvements in our quality governance and Board governance
Monitor’s role is to protect the interests of patients, and we take their concerns extremely seriously. Over the coming weeks our focus will be on ensuring we make the improvements needed, to reassure both Monitor and our patients and their families about the quality of care we provide across all of our services day in, day out.
Since Monitor’s investigation began, three warning notices at Slade House have been removed, and work to improve our learning disability services in Oxfordshire continues. I fully understand why Monitor has raised their concerns and I welcome the opportunity to work with them to demonstrate that the issues they have identified are not an ongoing cause for concern.”