Sir Alex Allan's independent review

We commissioned Sir Alex Allan to carry out an independent review into the adequacy of the procedures and governance arrangements that the organisation applied prior to the appointment of Mr Martin and during his employment.

The independent review highlights mistakes made in the handling of correspondence about the then Managing Director and his role in events at an NHS Trust before he joined us. The Board fully accepts the findings and recommendations and would like to thank Sir Alex Allan for his work.

We have taken action to avoid this happening again by putting in place processes so advice is sought on all non-casework correspondence which is consistent with our approach for casework and are introducing more robust pre-employment checks.

Our focus remains on providing a high quality service for people who need our help and to support staff in the important work they do every day.