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Mental health trust must take action to improve the quality of its care

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to urgently implement a series of improvements in the quality of care that it provides and to how it is run.

Monitor opened its investigation into the trust in December 2013, in response to problems uncovered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) at the trust’s learning disability services in Oxfordshire.

The trust, which provides mental health and community services across southern England, including Hampshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire, has been issued with another warning notice from CQC today.

Monitor’s investigation has found that the trust must act faster to improve the quality of care in Oxfordshire and must improve the way it manages its services to make sure the problems identified by CQC cannot be repeated elsewhere.

Paul Streat, Regional Director at Monitor, said:

The trust has failed to act quickly enough to improve services in Oxfordshire and must get the right processes in place to ensure action is taken to fix problems quickly.

The agreement we’ve reached today will see the trust deliver real improvements in its services and will make sure that this continues in the future.

Foundation trust directory: Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust