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On Thursday 16 January 2014 Monitor confirmed approval of the proposed dissolution of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (“the Trust”) and passed the Joint Trust Special Administrators’ (“TSAs”) final report to the Secretary of State (“SoS”) for consideration. On 26 February 2014 the SoS approved the TSAs’ principal recommendation, to dissolve the Trust.

Welcome to the website for the TSAs of the Trust.

On this website you will find accurate, authoritative and timely information about the TSA process.

This page was updated on 26 February 2014 following the SoS’ decision to approve the TSAs’ principal recommendation, to dissolve the Trust.

The TSA process began on Tuesday 16 April 2013 with the appointment of the TSAs by Monitor, the health sector regulator. The TSAs have been working to a fixed timetable based on statutory guidelines. The legislation allows for extra time to be granted to the TSAs by Monitor where there are good reasons to do so.

On Thursday 13 June 2013, the TSAs formally requested from Monitor an extra 30 working days for the TSAs to finalise their draft recommendations and an extra ten working days for the subsequent consultation to take into account the summer-holiday period. This extension was confirmed on Wednesday 19 June 2013.

The formal consultation period commenced on Tuesday 6 August 2013, for 40 working days, and closed at midnight on Tuesday 1 October 2013.

The TSAs completed their final report about the future of services provided by the Trust following careful consideration of the responses to the public consultation. All responses that were received before midnight on 1 October 2013 were considered in the drafting of the TSAs’ final report; however any responses that were received after this date unfortunately could not be considered.

The TSAs’ final report was due to be submitted to Monitor by 22 October 2013. However, on Monday 21 October 2013, Monitor announced that the TSAs’ final reporting period would be extended by 40 working days.

The TSAs’ final report was submitted to Monitor on Tuesday 17 December 2013.

Monitor laid the final report before Parliament on Wednesday 18 December 2013. The final report was subsequently published by the TSAs on Wednesday 18 December 2013.

Monitor had 20 working days, from Tuesday 17 December 2013, to consider the final report.

On Thursday 16 January 2014, Monitor confirmed that it was satisfied that the TSAs’ recommendations were the most appropriate solution for the local health economy that could be found in the circumstances, and that all the relevant tests had been met. Monitor confirmed approval of the TSAs’ proposal to dissolve the Trust and passed the TSAs’ recommendations to the SoS (further details can be found on Monitor’s website http://www.monitor-nhsft.gov.uk/).

On 26 February 2014 the SoS approved the TSAs’ principal recommendation, to dissolve the Trust.

The TSAs worked closely with Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive of the Trust, Mark Hackett, Chief Executive of University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust and David Loughton CBE, Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust to ensure that they would be prepared to implement the dissolution of the Trust as quickly as possible, should the SoS approve it. The SoS’ decision means their joint working will intensify over the coming months as the TSA process moves into the next phase.

The TSAs remain in charge of the Trust at this time, as required by the TSA process.

It is important to note that the Trust is operating as usual and patient services continue to be provided in the normal manner.

You can read more about each TSA in ‘About the TSAs’.

The TSAs were appointed by Monitor under the National Health Service Act 2006 (as amended in 2012) which gives Monitor powers to intervene in Foundation Trusts that it considers are unsustainable.

This step was taken because despite the Trust’s success in improving clinical performance, its small scale means it is both clinically and financially unsustainable in its current form. You can read more about Monitor’s decision to appoint the TSAs on its website.