NHS Improvement oversees foundation trusts, NHS trusts, and independent providers that provide NHS-funded care, providing support to them and holding them to account where necessary – it’s primary purpose is to “ensure providers have the support they need to deliver”. Trusts should bear this in mind whenever they seek to influence how NHS Improvement engages with them. Ridouts can work with Trusts to manage this relationship and ensure that effective results are achieved.
Ridouts can also bring valuable insight into the regulatory approach during the Foundation Trust application process with focused input ahead of key meetings. Our support includes drafting the constitution, advising on compliance with consultation requirements, membership requirements and the Code of Governance.
In addition, the Ridouts team can advise on compliance with the NHS Provider Licence, consider the legal risks around proposed enforcement action by the regulator, determine how best to respond and plan how to build the evidential case to assuage the regulator’s concerns. If you find your business at the point of entering “Special Measures” we can negotiate the terms of any undertakings and advise on building a case for and make a formal application to move out of “Special Measures”.
When you undertake a training session from the Ridouts team we will liaise with you in order to tailor the instruction to the particular needs of the staff at the service. Our team are vastly experienced in speaking to health and social care providers and explaining issues in both a clear and practical way.
Many of our clients have noted that the training provided by Ridouts, particularly in respect of preparing for inspection, has proven very beneficial to them and has enabled staff to fully understand the inspection process and empowered them to do themselves and their service justice.