Following a recommendation from NHS Improvement, In-Form Solutions were commissioned to support the Trust which had been placed into Financial Special Measures owing to its deteriorating financial performance. The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has a turnover of c£180m and is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance care provider in England.
Operating as the Financial Improvement Director, the work took place over a six month period and aimed to embed a financial improvement and recovery ‘culture’ at the Trust through close working with service and clinical teams, the Finance Team, senior managers, the Trust Board and external advisors.
The key outcomes were:
I think I can safely speak for all of us on this one we have truly appreciated your support, expertise and wise council also. I for one would welcome any opportunity to work with you again should one present itself"
“I think being put into Financial Special Measures we were all very apprehensive prior to your arrival, scare mongering of draconian measures, loss of local control of processes, etc. But you were a breath of fresh air; you came with this wealth of knowledge, a calming presence, I absolutely appreciated the support you brought, also in supporting each division; taking time to understand pressures, worries and providing guidance. So a big thank you”