WORKFORCE: The chief executive and two non-executive directors of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust have resigned.

Chief executive Iain Tulley’s departure from the trust, which delivers services in Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire, was announced at a board meeting last month.

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The trust delivers services in Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire

Mr Tulley will be standing down to move to Qatar next year to help the country set up an integrated mental health service.

The resignations of two non-executive directors were also announced at the meeting.

The trust said Lee O’Bryan had not sought renewal of his non-executive term because of “family commitments” and Tony McNiff had opted to stand down because of “growing work pressures”.

The trust said there were no links between the resignations and each one was made “at differing times and for varying reasons”.

Mr Tulley joined Avon and Wiltshire in late 2012 in the wake of a damning report that found the trust had a “centralist, top down, target driven, bureaucratic and controlling” culture.

The review was commissioned by the NHS South of England Strategic Health Authority cluster following a number of high profile homicides committed by patients under the trust’s care.

There has been evidence progress has been made since the report, with the NHS Trust Development Authority deciding to back the trust’s bid for foundation status in spring 2014.

However, an inspection report by the Care Quality Commission, published this summer, raised a number of concerns about the safety of the trust, including “unsafe environments, “insufficient staffing levels” and “inadequate arrangements for medication management”.

The trust has started the process of recruiting a new chief executive. The non-executive roles have been advertised on the TDA’s website, and the trust said there would be a “smooth transition to the new appointments”.