BBC News: Directors at ‘unsafe’ mental health trust NSFT got pay rise

BBC News reports:

Four directors at an “unsafe” mental health trust received £10k pay rises, despite failing to improve standards.

As reported in the EADT, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) boosted pay to £108,000 after it came out of special measures in 2016.

A campaign group said the pay rise was “completely unjustifiable”.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated the trust as inadequate after it found the board had not addressed serious concerns raised in 2014.

It also said the board of the NSFT had failed to ensure “unsafe environments were made safe”.

NSFT is the only mental health trust in England in special measures and only came out in October last year.


Jane Sayer, director of nursing, and Leigh Howlett, director of strategy, both of whom received the pay increase, have since resigned from the NSFT board.

Former director of operations in Suffolk Alison Armstrong left to take up a senior role at Colchester Hospital in April, while director of operations in Norfolk Deborah White is still in post on £108,000.

The trust said it held an annual review of pay in September 2016 and recommended an increase of £10,000, subject to the trust coming out of special measures.

The Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk said the “astonishing” pay rises represented “the unacceptable face of NSFT management”.

“While NSFT bosses awarded themselves £10,000 pay rises for leaving special measures, NSFT was heading towards another inadequate CQC inspection, a return to special measures and the ignominy of becoming the undisputed ‘worst mental health trust in the country’.”

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6 thoughts on “BBC News: Directors at ‘unsafe’ mental health trust NSFT got pay rise”

  1. So as these people took the credit for the trust coming out of special measures will they now repay the bonus as the trust went into special measures again, as they must also take the blame as well….I don’t hold my breath though…….

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