ELFT is to buddy with another trust to provide help and support after they went into special measures for a second time. The buddying arrangement, made at the request of NHS Improvement, will be with Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) which runs mental health services, substance misuse and learning disability services in East Anglia.
ELFT chief executive Dr Navina Evans said: ‘We’re honoured to be asked to help out. The buddying arrangement is designed to be helpful and supportive and will be based around what NSFT would find helpful.’
The trust already has an improvement director appointed by NHSI, but. Dr Evans said: ‘This is more about what we can share as best practice and also what we can learn from NSFT too. Despite being in special measures, some of NSFT’s services were rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and we can learn from them.This will be about ‘buddying’ in the true sense of the word. It is about being a friend to NSFT to help them in their journey out of special measures and we will learn along the way too.’
The intention is to have an on-going relationship to help NSFT improve.