WORKFORCE: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust chief executive Attila Vegh is stepping down to take up a role in Manchester, the trust has announced.

Dr Vegh, who joined the mental health trust in October 2011, will leave the trust in August to take up the role of chief executive of University Hospital of South Manchester Foundation Trust.

Dr Vegh oversaw a period in which the trust was awarded a clean bill of health following stern rebukes from watchdogs.

The Care Quality Commission raised “serious concerns” about the quality of care at the trust while Monitor found it in serious breach of its authorisation.

The trust has since been given the all clear by both regulators.

Dr Vegh said: “This is not a decision I have taken lightly. I was approached by the University Hospital of South Manchester recently to see if I was interested in taking up the position of chief executive. Having talked to the team up there, this has turned out to be an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.

“I am incredibly proud of what we have all achieved since I have been here. The trust is almost unrecognisable from the organisation I joined in 2011 and that is down to the incredible staff I have been working with.”

Trust chairman David Edwards said: “We are extremely sad to see Attila leave. He has been instrumental in turning around the fortunes of this Trust. Under his leadership, the trust is in a position of real strength in terms of our patient care, our finances and our reputation.

“We have all been impressed by Attila’s drive and focus on raising the standards of patient care. He will leave a huge hole to fill. On behalf of the Board and staff of the trust, we all wish Attila the very best for the future.”