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Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust

New chair for Dorset Healthcare but director of nursing resigns

WORKFORCE: The director of nursing at Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust has resigned after less than three months in the post, HSJ has learned.

Paul Lumsden took up the post at the troubled mental health and community provider in November. He replaced Tim Archer who left last year after Monitor intervened at the trust in response to governance concerns.

The chair and chief executive also resigned and have been replaced on an interim basis by Sir David Henshaw and Ron Shields respectively. Former parliamentary health service ombudsman Ann Abraham has recently been appointed as permanent chair and will take up post from 7 April.

A spokeswoman for the trust said Mr Lumsden had left for personal reasons. Associate director for children and families Fiona Haughey has been appointed acting director of nursing and quality, a role she held between Mr Archer’s departure and Mr Lumsden’s arrival last autumn.

The spokeswoman said: “Paul Lumsden has resigned from his post as director of nursing and quality at Dorset Healthcare to support his family due to personal circumstances.  This resignation did not involve a compromise agreement.”

Three non-executive directors also left the trust following Monitor’s intervention, which centred on concerns it had repeatedly failed to address quality concerns at a number of its facilities and had given false assurance to Monitor and the Care Quality Commission that the issues had been addressed.

Ms Abraham, who served as ombudsman for 10 years until 2011 and lives in Dorset, joined the trust as a non-executive director in January.

She said: “I am looking forward enormously to working for such a multi-faceted NHS Trust – my aim is to work with governors, board colleagues, staff, patients, carers and partner organisations to deliver safe, effective person-centred care of the highest possible quality in Dorset and beyond.”

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