WORKFORCE: The chief executive of West London Mental Health Trust is stepping down in November.

Steve Shrubb, who had previously run the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, was appointed in 2012 and is retiring.

Steve Shrubb

Steve Shrubb said retiring has ‘not been an easy decision’

Mr Shrubb said: “This autumn will be my 40th anniversary in the NHS. It is a major milestone in anyone’s career and as such I have reflected that it is the right time for me to retire.

“It has not been an easy decision. Working in the NHS has genuinely been the greatest privilege of my life. This is in large part due to the incredible compassion, energy and commitment of people who work in the trust and my colleagues across the NHS.

“I want to thank  the trust staff and my colleagues in health and social care for the support they have given me personally and for their inspiring dedication to helping patients whose needs are great.”

He added that he had decided to retire to become a carer to his elderly parents.

He said: “I feel it is time for me to take up a new role as carer for my parents. They now need more support, which I want to be able to give them. It is genuinely something I want to do in order to give back to them a bit of what they gave to me growing up - a sense of security and a good quality of life.”

The trust has struggled with significant governance problems in recent years. The Care Quality Commission recently inspected the trust and a report is due soon.

Trust chair Tom Hayhoe, who was appointed in May, said: “I first met Steve several years ago when he was leading the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network and more recently enjoyed working with him to encourage collaboration between the trust and the local acute hospital where I was chairman. It was a real pleasure to come into my new role in April and see at first hand Steve’s leadership and dynamism in action.

“He has achieved a great deal during his time at the trust – he has put in place new clinically-led leadership, engaged staff to improve quality and patient outcomes, given a greater voice to service users and carers and delivered the redevelopment of St Bernard’s and Broadmoor hospitals, which is now progressing apace. And he has done so with warmth, humour and great personal integrity. He will be much missed and I wish him and his family well in the future.”