A TEAM of four experts has been appointed to review the final recommendations of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.
Robert Francis QC, who chairs the review into the regulatory bodies monitoring the trust between January 2005 and March 2009 when failings into standards of care at the hospital came to light, today named four assessors to the inquiry.
The assessors are Dr Judith Smith, head of policy at the Nuffield Trust, Professor Peter Homa CBE, Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts, Sir Cyril Chantler, Chairman of University College London Partners and Nigel Edwards, a senior fellow at the King’s Fund.
All four have previously assisted the Inquiry with Dr Smith an expert witness during the hearings, and all four taking part in a series of seminars in October and November 2011 discussing discuss some of the key themes raised by the evidence gathered.
Mr Francis said he was delighted to have the assistance of the assessors over his final recommendations.
“All of them have provided input during earlier stages of the Inquiry and they will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, which will be invaluable in the concluding phase of preparing the report.”
The public inquiry was set up to examine why the serious problems at the trust were not identified and acted on sooner, identify lessons for the future and build on the work of the earlier Inquiry which investigated the care provided by the trust at the time.
The appointments are in addition to the existing panel of assessors appointed in October 2010, namely, Professor David Black, consultant physician in geriatric medicine at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Tricia Hart, deputy chief executive and director of nursing and patient safety at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Peter Hutton, consultant anaesthetist at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Sir Adrian Montague, a non-executive chairman at a number of private sector organisations.