WORKFORCE: Mental health services provider Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has appointed a new chief executive.

Michael Scott is currently chief executive of Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust and chairs the NHS Confederation’s community health services forum.

He has worked across social care and the NHS, including as chief executive of acute hospital trusts.

A date has not been announced for when he will join Norfolk and Suffolk, but he is expected to take up his position within the next few months.

Deputy chief executive Andrew Hopkins has been serving as been serving in an interim capacity at the trust after previous chief executive, Aidan Thomas, stepped down in July last year.

Trust chair Gary Page said: “Michael has played a key role in making the community trust the success it is today and I believe he is someone who will enable our trust to meet the demands of these challenging times.
“His practical experience will help us to meet our ambition to address very real financial constraints and improve staff morale, whilst keeping patients at the heart of a redesigned service.”

Mr Scott said he was “impressed with many of the trust’s innovations with regard to dementia care and treating people in their own homes where practical”.

“Mental health services play such an important role in our community and I know, from experience within my own family, how vital they can be to people in distress,” he added.