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Health Act 2009


206.New section 65B gives the Secretary of State the power to make an order authorising the appointment of a TSA to run an NHS trust, after consulting the trust, any Strategic Health Authority in whose area the trust has hospitals, establishments or facilities, and any other person who commissions services from the trust, for example a Strategic Health Authority or a PCT, where the Secretary of State considers it appropriate. The Secretary of State must be satisfied that the appointment of the TSA to the trust is in the interests of the health service (subsection (2)). An example where this might occur is if a key service provided by a small trust has to stop because of new clinical guidance about 24 hour cover and relatively small patient numbers mean that the trust can only provide such cover at a financial loss. Stopping this service may result in the organisation becoming unsustainable. A TSA is only likely to be appointed after previous performance interventions have been unsuccessful. The TSA would be appointed by the Secretary of State (subsection (6)) and would hold and vacate office in accordance with the terms of his or her appointment (subsection (7)). Under new section 65C, when the TSA’s appointment takes effect the members of the trust’s board of directors, including the chair, executive directors (for example, the Chief Executive) and non-executive directors, would be suspended from performing their duties as members of the board. Although suspended from the board, the executive directors would remain employed in their post with the trust (for example, as Chief Executive, Medical Director or Director of Finance).

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