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In NSFT’s words: BBC Six O’Clock News tonight on ‘redundancies, improvement programme, staff shortages, our financial position, and the disbanding of the Assertive Outreach Team’

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BBC News at Six

From: NSFT Communications

Subject: BBC broadcast on Trust being placed into special measures

Dear colleagues,

The BBC One 6 O’Clock News is scheduled to be broadcasting a story this evening (Tuesday, 2 June) about our Trust being placed into ‘special measures’ by the regulator, Monitor, following the inspection of our services by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in autumn 2014.

This will focus on a number of issues we have already discussed at length: redundancies, improvement programme, staff shortages, our financial position, and the disbanding of the Assertive Outreach Team.

Although it is relevant for you to be aware that the BBC is covering this on a national level, we don’t want you to be concerned that any of this is new information or contains any issues that you are not already aware of.

We fully believe in our duty to answer to the public interest in the challenges that face Trusts such as ours, but we also recognise the affect this broadcast may have on staff morale, and equally, how it might affect our service users and carers, who may want to discuss this with you. We would ask that you reassure them that our Trust is actively improving and putting right the issues likely to be discussed on the BBC this evening.

Michael Scott

Chief Executive

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