A mental health trust that has been without a permanent chief executive for nearly a year has recruited external consultants to boost morale as it emerged another high profile candidate has pulled out of the post.

Mental Health Act Commission chief executive Chris Heginbotham has decided not to take the chief executive job at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health trust, despite being appointed in February.

He said he took the decision for "personal reasons".

Acting chief executive Maria Kane has been in post since October, when former interim chief executive Martin Brown left. His predecessor John Newbury-Helps left his permanent position last July.

The trust, which is planning a foundation bid, also lacks a nursing director and three non-executive directors. An announcement about a vacant medical director post was due this week.

Focus groups led by Zenon Consulting had been set up to address staff anxieties, according to March board documents.

A trust spokesman said the organisation had performed well in the recent NHS staff survey.

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