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Dorset Healthcare Fixes Leadership And Improves Patient Care


3:59pm 25th June 2014

A Dorset healthcare Trust has had to take action to improve the way its run.

Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust has changed its leadership and made the role of Governors more effective after coming under scrutiny from regulator Monitor.

The Trust, which looks after a range services in Dorset including mental health and minor injuries was found to be in breach of its license last April.

There were concerns over quality of care, which led to concerns about the way the Trust was being run.

Monitor brought about the appointment of an interim Chair, Sir David Henshaw. Soon after the trust Board was re-shaped, the trust put an action plan in place and improved its care.  

Paul Streat, Regional Director at Monitor, said:

"It's encouraging to see the trust successfully take action to change for the better. Making sure the trust is well-led will mean that services will run smoothly, and it is clear the trust is taking the right steps to maintain strong leadership.

"We launched our investigation last year because the trust was not being run well and this was affecting quality of care, and we are now closing it because the trust has improved on both counts. This is good news for people in Dorset who will receive better care as a result."

Monitor will continue working with the trust to make sure it builds on its progress.

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