Norfolk and Suffolk back in special measures

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has been placed back in special measures after its board was found to have failed addressing serious concerns in the last few years.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the trust as inadequate and called for a host of improvements, which the board has failed to implement. Having first been put in special measures in February 2015, it is the only such trust in England to be put in special measures and only came out in October last year.

The regulator reported concerns over the level of training in suicide prevention, and that ‘not all potential ligature risks’ had been removed. Furthermore, the NSFT board had not ensured that there were ‘sufficient staff to meet patients' needs safely’, with the CQC finding that there was ‘insufficient capacity to manage crisis at night’.

Ted Baker, CQC's chief inspector of hospitals, said: "It is extremely disappointing that on our return to NSFT we found the board had failed to address a number of serious concerns. The trust leadership must ensure it takes robust action to ensure improvements are made and we will continue to monitor the trust closely."