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The EDP says... New mental health boss must be strong

PUBLISHED: 06:00 04 May 2018

Antek Lejk, chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT). Photo: NSFT

Antek Lejk, chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT). Photo: NSFT

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The plight of mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk has been long-running and painful for many of those involved.

Now as a new boss takes the helm it can only be hoped he has the leadership skills and vision to turn things around for the troubled trust.

Inspectors previously told Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) their leadership needed to improve and top board members resigned.

Now it is a wait to see situation as to who will replace the other high-ranking positions.

The new chief executive Antek Lejk says he is passionate, and wants to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in.

It is easy to say this at the beginning of any tenure, it is hoped he will still be as eager and keen when confronted with difficult decisions and forced to fight NSFT’s corner in an ever more challenging health service sector.

If Mr Lejk can implement the culture overhaul he admits is needed at NSFT, then services have a chance of improving - which of course is what we all want.

But it may not be easy to make changes. It is difficult to change a culture where staff who genuinely care about their patients are under ever increasing strains and stresses.

As services become more integrated and money becomes more tight it will be more important than ever for NSFT to have a strong voice at the table.


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