Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has today (March 5, 2014) announced the appointment of Michael Scott, currently Chief Executive of Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C), as its new Chief Executive.
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.”
He continued: “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 (NCH&C) 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 experience will help us to meet our ambition to address very real financial constraints and improve staff morale, whilst keeping patients 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, spoke of his satisfaction on the confirmation of his appointment. “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 practical. More services and better care, in or near people’s homes, is what patients tell us they want.”
He added that he want 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. “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 CEO of acute hospital trusts – and Department of Health. He is currently Chair of the NHS Confederation’s Community Health Services Forum. This leading role strives to inform national policy and further improve NHS community services.
Mr Scott will formally take on his new role on in the next couple of months.