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Appointment to joint role to bring health and social care together

​Mental health and social care are pleased to announce the appointment of Pete Devlin to the post of Operations Director Mental Health and Learning Disabilities with effect from 1st June 2017.  Pete is currently the Head of Social Care for Mental Health services at Suffolk County Council and brings to the role a wealth of experience in mental health and learning disabilities within Suffolk.

This a first-of-its-kind fully integrated director post to jointly lead the mental health and learning disabilities services across the county on behalf of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and Suffolk County Council (SCC).

Pete will build on the existing partnership between the county council and local mental health trust which sees social workers from the council operate as part of integrated mental health teams.

Pete will lead the transformation of health and social care services for people with mental health and learning disabilities in Suffolk, while being operationally responsible for overseeing the running of all of NSFT’s community and inpatient services across the county (with the exception of the Waveney area, Suffolk Wellbeing and secure services).  He will also lead and manage all of the county council’s services for mental health and learning disabilities, together with their commissioning budget for these services.  

Michael Scott, NSFT Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that Pete has been appointed to this innovative new post. The panel was struck by his passion and vision for the role and look forward to working with him closely over the coming months to realise our vision of bringing health and social care together.

“Pete will focus on making sure our service users and patients receive seamless services, regardless of who is providing them. Over time and under his leadership, we hope we can integrate mental health and social care even more closely so that we can further improve the quality of our services while making them easier for people to navigate.”

Sue Cook, Corporate Director for Children and Adults, SCC said: “I am delighted at the appointment.  Pete brings with him firm values, ambition and vision for the role and its potential to deliver more streamlined and effective services.

He will provide clear leadership across and within both organisations and retain a focus on what matters for those we are here to serve.  The role has a really significant contribution to make transferring our delivery and commissioning in the years ahead and I am confident that Pete will maximise its potential.”

At NSFT the new role will replace the previous Operations Director for Suffolk post.