Health watchdog set to criticise Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust over mental health services

Hellesdon Hospital. Photo: Bill Smith.

Hellesdon Hospital. Photo: Bill Smith. - Credit: Archant © 2012

A report into the region's mental health services will be published today and is expected to be highly critical of leadership at a trust.

Watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) selected the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) as one of the first NHS bodies to investigate under its new inspection regime.

It is understood the national health watchdog will criticise the way the trust has been run and highlight poor staff engagement and morale, as well as safety on wards.

The CQC will judge the NSFT on whether care is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people's needs and well-led.

It is expected to come up with a series of recommendations for improvement at the NSFT which has struggled in the face of a cut to its budget and a reorganisation of services, which saw the number of beds and staff numbers reduced.

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The trust is also being investigated by watchdog Monitor for running up a deficit which is set to top £4 million this financial year.

At the extreme end of the spectrum, Monitor can put a trust it believes is failing into special measures.

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