The chief executive of a struggling trust has announced his retirement, shortly before the publication of an inspection report.

Michael Scott has left Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust after three and a half years at the helm.

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Michael Scott: ‘I feel the time is now right for a new leader’

Mr Scott, who has been an NHS chief executive for nearly 25 years, joined NSFT shortly before it became the first mental health trust in the country to be put into special measures after being rated inadequate in 2015 by the Care Quality Commission.

The trust has grappled with staff shortages and a high number of out of area patients, while local campaigners have raised concerns about the amount of unexpected deaths of patients at the trust.

Mr Scott steered the trust out of special measures with NSFT rated requires improvement in October 2016. However, it remains rated inadequate for safety.

The trust has been inspected by the CQC this year for a third time in three years, and received a preliminary report this month.

The report is expected to be published next month, the trust’s board papers said.

Mr Scott said: “The role of chief executive is one where there is always important work to lead, challenges to overcome and improvements to drive ahead, and I feel the time is now right for a new leader to take on that mantle.”

Trust chair Gary Page added: “We have recently undergone our third CQC inspection and as we await the inspection report, Michael feels now is the appropriate time for a new leader to take forward the recommendations that will follow to continue to improve our trust.”

Julie Cave, director of finance and deputy chief executive, will become interim chief executive subject to the approval of the council of governors next month.