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Monitor issues intervention notice to Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

20th October 2009

Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts, has used its formal powers of intervention to appoint - with immediate effect - an Interim Chair at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Chris Langley has been appointed as Interim Chair following the decision of the Trust’s Chair, Dr Tim Lincoln, to resign.

In July 2009, Monitor found the Trust to be in significant breach of the terms of their Authorisation as a result of a rapid decline in their financial and operational performance.

The Trust was then required to submit a recovery plan, which was presented to Monitor in October. Monitor’s Board did not consider that this plan was robust enough to ensure the Trust’s return to a sustainable position, or that it demonstrated that the Trust had in place the Board and clinical leadership necessary to achieve this.

Monitor is now intervening to ensure that the Trust has the Board-level leadership and capacity needed to return to a secure position, while at the same time ensuring patient care remains the highest priority.. We will also be requiring the Trust to take steps to strengthen its clinical leadership, as it is clear that this will be needed to drive the level of organisational and resourcing change necessary to address the challenges it faces.

Our objective in taking this regulatory action is to ensure that the foundation trust is well led in order to provide safe, high quality care for patients. We have taken swift action to appoint Chris Langley as Interim Chair, and to require a substantive appointment to the role of Interim Medical Director, in order to put in place the strategic and operational leadership needed to stabilise the Trust and assist in its successful recovery.

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Article Information

Title: Monitor issues intervention notice to Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 12953
Date Added: 20th Oct 2009



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