Mental health trust chairman’s joy at the prospect of another three years in post

Gary Page, chairman of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Gary Page, chairman of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. - Credit: Archant

The region's mental health trust has re-appointed its chairman for another three years at the helm.

Gary Page, of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, will continue in his role which he has held for three years.

It follows an appraisal process that included the views of governors, stakeholders, service-users, staff, board members, and the improvement director appointed to the board by health regulator Monitor.

Mr Page said: 'I am delighted to be reappointed as chairman of the trust at a time when mental health is high on the public agenda. 'I am very much looking forward to carrying on working to ensure our trust continues to make progress in delivering safe and high quality services.'

Last year NSFT became the first mental health trust in the country to be placed in special measures, where it remains today.

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Guenever Pachent, lead governor at NSFT, said: 'Over the past three years, Gary has played a key role within the trust by co-leading its efforts to improve services for service-users and their families.

'His significant contribution to the trust has been reflected in the high esteem he is held by service users and carers, and staff and partner organisations.

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'The council of governors unanimously approved his re-appointment as chairman and looks forward to working with him in helping the trust exit special measures and highlighting the need, both locally and nationally, to ensure mental health services are treated equally with physical health.'

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