Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health trust appoints new chief executive

Michael Scott, who will take up his role as new chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in mid-2014. Michael Scott, who will take up his role as new chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in mid-2014.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
1:00 PM

Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health trust has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

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Community trust now seeking new boss

Following Mr Scott’s appointment, Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) says it will announce an interim chief executive in the near future, while looking to recruit a new chief executive.

Ken Applegate, chairman of NCH&C, paid tribute to Mr Scott’s leadership and wished him well in his new role.

He said: “Michael has been an excellent CEO and – alongside the hard working staff in our trust – he has played a key role in helping NCH&C to make significant progress over the last couple of years, with new and expanded services, improvements in quality, patient experience and good relationships with our commissioners.

“All of that means this trust is now offering even better NHS care to local patients. So, on behalf of his colleagues and our patients, I would like to thank Michael for all his hard work and wish him the very best for the future.”

Mr Scott said: “I am really proud of all NCH&C has achieved under my tenure and I am confident that the trust will continue to thrive.

“I’d like to thank all of the incredibly committed and talented staff, including my colleagues on the board, for all of their hard work and support over the last two years.

“They have been a great group of people work alongside and have certainly inspired me to do my very best. They remain an excellent team determined to always do their very best for local patients.

“I feel the time is right for me to move on to a new role and a new challenge, and I am confident that I am leaving NCH&C in a really strong position from which it will continue to grow.”

Michael Scott will be taking up the new role at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) by mid-2014.

Mr Scott is currently chief executive of Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C).

Making the announcement, NSFT chairman Gary Page said: “I couldn’t be more delighted that we have attracted someone of Michael’s calibre and experience to lead the trust. He is hugely respected locally and nationally and brings an energy and enthusiasm, combined with practical experience of the NHS, to the role.”

It is a challenging period for the mental health trust, which has cut 400 jobs as part of a radical redesign to reduce its budget by 20%.

Last month the 2013 NHS national staff survey results revealed more than half of mental health staff in Norfolk and Suffolk say they have suffered work-related stress in the last year.

Mr Page added: “Among a host of excellent candidates, Michael was a clear first choice in terms of strong leadership, directly applicable experience, and an impressive track record in bringing together best practice in strategic engagement and partnership.

“Michael has played a key role in making the community trust the success it is today and I believe he is someone who will enable our trust to meet the demands of these challenging times.

“His practical knowledge will help us to meet our ambition to address very real financial constraints and improve staff morale, while keeping the patient at the heart of a redesigned service.”

Mr Scott, who has more than 30 years’ leadership experience in the NHS and has led NCH&C since January 2012, said: “I am really pleased and excited to be joining NSFT. I am impressed with many of the trust’s innovations with regard to dementia care and treating people in their own homes where practicable.

“More services and better care, in or near people’s homes, is what patients tell us they want.”

He added that he wants to see even more integration between health and social care services, and stronger partnership working between mental health services and primary care to benefit patients.

He said: “Mental health services play such an important role in our community and I know, from experience within my own family, how vital they can be to people in distress.”

Mr Scott has experience across social care, the NHS, including as chief executive of acute hospital trusts, and in the Department of Health. He is currently chairman of the NHS Confederation’s Community Health Services Forum. This leading role strives to inform national policy and further improve NHS community services.

For more on this story, see tomorrow’s papers.

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