The formal public consultation on the Joint Trust Special Administrators (TSAs) recommendations for the future of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust commenced on Tuesday 6 August 2013 and finished on Tuesday 1 October 2013 at midnight.
The TSAs’ final recommendations were due to be submitted to Monitor on Tuesday 22 October 2013, but Monitor has extended the TSAs’ reporting period by 40 working days to allow commissioners and providers to reach an agreement on the future funding requirements. The TSAs’ will submit their final report to Monitor on Tuesday 17 December 2013. Monitor and the TSAs will publish the report on Wednesday 18 December 2013.
Welcome to the website for the Joint Trust Special Administrators (“TSAs”) of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (“MSFT”).
Please visit this website often as it is a key way in which the TSAs will provide updates on their work.
On this website you will find accurate, authoritative and timely information about the TSA process which began on Tuesday 16 April 2013 with the appointment of the TSAs by Monitor, the independent health sector regulator.
This page was updated on Monday 21 October to reflect Monitor’s decision to extend the TSAs’ period for finalising their report.
The TSA process began on Tuesday 16 April 2013 with the appointment of the TSAs by Monitor. 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 have now 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 recommendations and report, however any responses that were received after this date unfortunately could not be considered.
The TSAs’ final recommendations and report, were due to be submitted to Monitor, the regulator of Foundation Trusts, 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.
During this time, Monitor will hold extensive discussions with NHS England, University Hospitals of North Staffordshire NHS Trust and the NHS Trust Development Authority to agree on the source and level of funding for the TSA s’ recommendations.
Monitor’s decision to extend the process to allow commissioners and providers the time to reach an agreement on the future funding of essential services means that the TSAs’ final report will now go to Monitor on Tuesday 17 December 2013, once Monitor’s discussions with other parties has concluded.
The TSAs remain in charge of the Trust at this time as required by the TSA process.
Monitor will have 20 working days to consider the final report and, if approved, it will be passed to the Secretary of State.
Upon receipt of Monitor’s decision, the Secretary of State will have a period of thirty working days to announce his final decision on the recommendations.
It is important to note that the Trust is operating as usual and patient services continue to be provided in the normal manner.
The TSAs are Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor, and Alan Bloom and Alan Hudson of Ernst & Young LLP. 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 MSFT’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.