East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has been placed in “special measures” following a critical report by the Care Quality Commission published earlier this week.
The NHS Trust Development Authority, which oversees non-foundation trusts, confirmed today that East Sussex would be put into the support regime for struggling health service organisations.
The authority’s fellow regulator the CQC had recommended the trust be placed in special measures on Tuesday.
In its report, the CQC said its inspectors found that staff were “afraid to speak out” and there was a “void” between the “board perception” and “reality of working at the trust”.
The CQC first rated the trust as “inadequate” six months ago and it was inspected again in March.
An improvement director, Maggie Oldham, was appointed by the TDA in August, and she has begun working with senior leaders at the trust to identify where it will require support.
“They will require significant support from us and engagement from other partners in East Sussex if they are to meet this challenge”
The TDA is looking for a “buddy” trust to partner with East Sussex to help it make improvements.
Anne Eden, director of delivery and development for the South at the TDA, said: “The trust has already begun their quality improvement journey.
“However, they will require significant support from us and engagement from other partners in East Sussex if they are to meet this challenge and reach a position where they are consistently providing high quality services to every patient,” she said.
“We have a track record of supporting trusts in the special measures regime to improve the care and treatment they provide to patients and are confident that with the right package of support in place, this can be achieved in East Sussex as well,” she added.