Fit and Proper Person Regulation Independent Report into Allegations made against Sue James, Chief Executive
Statement from John Rivers, Chairman, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust :
An independent investigation has been carried out by Queen’s Counsel and a Barrister into allegations made to the Care Quality Commission concerning our Chief Executive, Sue James, when she was employed as Chief Executive at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.
The investigation, which was entirely independent of the Derby Trust, was conducted under the Fit and Proper Person Regulations, which assesses an individual’s suitability to hold a senior director position within the NHS.
These historic allegations made by Dr Drew, a former consultant paediatrician at Walsall Hospitals, related to two main themes; her alleged responsibility for the avoidable death of a child in 2006; and Dr Drew’s claims that he was dismissed unfairly as a result of raising concerns regarding patient safety.
It concluded that the allegations made by Dr Drew were “misconceived throughout”, and fully exonerated Sue James describing her as an “exemplary Chief Executive and a Fit and Proper Person to hold office.”
A very significant amount of information was reviewed and nine witnesses, including Sue James and Dr Drew were interviewed. The QC concluded that Dr Drew’s evidence was “credibly disputed by others and unsupported by contemporaneous documentation.”
The CQC has accepted the Report’s conclusions and confirmed there is no case to answer and that the matter is now closed.
At no time have there been any concerns regarding our Chief Executive’s performance or integrity throughout her five years at Derby Teaching Hospitals.
Sue James retires from the NHS at the end of the year and leaves Derby with the highest of reputations, endorsed by the CQC ‘Good’ Inspection rating in March this year. Her retirement is entirely unrelated to the investigation.
The Trust Board wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the importance of staff speaking out and raising concerns.
The Fit and Proper Person investigation report has been published in full today (Wednesday 2nd December 2015) on the Derby Teaching Hospitals website to ensure complete transparency and openness.
Derby Fit and Proper Person Investigation Report - 02.12.2015
Derby Fit and Proper Person Report, 02.12.15 - Annexes