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New chairman appointed to under-fire mental health trust – BBC News

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Image caption Southern Health was heavily criticised for the death of Connor Sparrowhawk, who drowned in a bath at an Oxford facility after suffering an epileptic seizure

A new chairman is to be appointed at the scandal-hit trust where a teenager drowned in the bath.

Regulator NHS Improvement said it intends to appoint Tim Smart as head of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

It follows the resignation of former trust chairman Mike Petter after a damning safety report.

Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said on Friday the trust was “continuing to put patients at risk”.

‘Dramatic change needed’

Patient Connor Sparrowhawk drowned in a bath at a facility in Oxford run by the trust following an epileptic seizure in 2013.

An inquest jury found in October neglect contributed to the 18-year-old’s death.

The CQC found that the trust still had not implemented safe bathing guidelines.

NHS Improvement chief executive Jim Mackay said: “It is clear that dramatic change is needed urgently at Southern Health.

“Our action today in proposing the appointment of Tim Smart – a very experienced NHS leader – at the top of the organisation will speed up this improvement.”

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