Foreword:

When an NHS or independent hospital service or facility closes at short notice, it is important that all parties take action in a timely way. Organisations should work together to prevent the closure of services however, on occasions where this is not possible the following memorandum should be used. Such closures may be as result of actions by the CQC, for example voluntary closure in response to an adverse inspection or cancellation of the location’s registration, or due to the sudden inability of a provider to continue providing a service from a specific location for some other reason. Recent examples of this have included the sudden closure of a mental health hospital requiring alternative provision for the people using services or there may be occasions when specific specialist services cease at a particular location. These could be inpatient or outpatient.
This Joint Working Protocol clarifies the roles of partner organisations and is intended as guidance with which organisations can work together and in accordance with the four principles.

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