The new chief executive of a troubled mental health trust has pledged to stay in post for at least three years to clear the 'debris' left by her predecessors. Jackie Daniel's post at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care trust was made permanent last week.

She had worked as interim chief executive since July, following the resignation of the trust's previous chief executive Sheila Foley, who has since launched an unfair dismissal and age discrimination claim against the organisation.

Ms Daniel told HSJ: "I've said I'm in it for the long term. Three to five years is what it'll take to get things improved and then embedded."

She is appointing a new management team, including a medical director, chief operating officer and nursing director.

In addition, she wants to improve communication with staff and has been holding meetings and talking to trade unionists.

Moving forward

She said: "When we look back at the history, there has been event after event so there's a lot of debris that's been around for a number of years.

"It's all about moving forward and setting standards about performance and services."

As well as the legal action prompted by Ms Foley, the trust is facing an unfair dismissal claim from sacked nurse Karen Reissmann, who was dismissed after speaking to the press.

The trust received a weak score for quality of services and a fair score for use of resources in this year's annual health check.