PROVIDERS: The chief executive of a community and mental health foundation trust in Yorkshire is to retire after nearly 10 years in the post.

Simon Large told staff and board members he will step down as chief executive of Bradford District Care Foundation Trust at the end of August.

In a report to the trust’s board Mr Large said he was leaving behind an organisation which was “strong, capable and well managed”.

Mr Large began his career as a nurse before rising through the ranks to become a ward manager and supported the implementation of the Community Care Act.

He also led the planning arrangements for the re-provision of learning disability services from Leeds’ Meanwood Park Hospital and mental health services from High Royds Hospital, in West Yorkshire in the mid 1990s.

Mr Large then became a health authority director for mental health services leading the integration of NHS services across Bolton, Salford and Trafford to form a new mental health trust.

He was appointed chief executive of Bradford District Care in 2006.

In a report to the board on 28 June, Mr Large said: “After almost 10 years in post, I announced to staff and stakeholders my decision to retire from the position of chief executive at BDCFT.

“During the last few years we have successfully become a Foundation Trust and received a ‘Good’ rating from the CQC across all 5 domains.

“I will be leaving an organisation that is strong, capable and well managed, delivers great services and is respected locally and nationally.

“My intention is to finish by the end of August and the Chair will set in hand the arrangements for appointing my success.”

HSJ understands director of nursing and deputy CEO Nicola Lees will move into the role on an interim basis.

The trust said the formal recruitment and selection process is expected to be completed by the late autumn.