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Michael Scott announces his retirement

​Michael Scott has announced his decision to retire from his role as Chief Executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS FT.

Julie Cave, NSFT Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance, will become Interim Chief Executive until further notice, subject to the approval of our Council of Governors next month.

The NSFT Board expressed its thanks to Michael for his commitment and determination to improve the Trust for the benefit of service users, carers, and staff.

NSFT Chair, Gary Page said: “We have recently undergone our third CQC inspection and as we await the inspection report, Michael feels now is the appropriate time for a new leader to take forward the recommendations that will follow in order to continue to improve our Trust.

“It has been a privilege to work with someone of Michael’s calibre and integrity, and we wish him a well-deserved retirement.

“As he leaves our Trust, we are in a financially stronger position, with improved service user and carer feedback and improved staff morale. Mental health is now top of the local and national agenda and our STPs are showing strong progress in the mental health work streams.

“We are beginning to develop and roll out important new and enhanced services, including the improved West Norfolk Acute Care pathway, a regional Mother and Baby Unit, and the new Community Perinatal Services, in both Norfolk and Suffolk.

“There are, however, many challenges that lie ahead of our Trust and, as a Board we are determined to ensure that local mental health services continue to improve in what we all recognise is an increasingly demanding environment in the NHS and in social care.”

Michael, who turns 60 soon, is shortly to mark 25 years as a CEO in the NHS and 40 years in public service.

On announcing his retirement he said: “The role of Chief Executive is one where there is always important work to lead, challenge to overcome and improvements to drive ahead, and I feel the time is now right for a new leader to take on that mantle.

“I will remain committed to the NHS, and will always be a champion of NSFT and of improving mental health.

“I am proud of what has been achieved by the dedicated staff at NSFT over the past three-and-a-half years. I would like to thank my colleagues across health and social care for their collective hard work, and for the fact that every day they do the very best job they can to support the people who need our services.”

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