WORKFORCE: The chief executive of Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust has announced that he will retire in January 2016.

In a letter to trust staff Edward Colgan said he would spend the next few months preparing the organisation for a Care Quality Commission inspection due in September.

Mr Colgan has led the community and mental health provider since April 2006, having previously been chief executive of Taunton Deane Primary Care Trust for four years.

Mr Colgan wrote: “I am writing to advise you that I have decided to take early retirement from the NHS – subject to approval from NHS Pensions – on 1 January 2016.

He added: “A key focus and challenge for us all over the next few months will be the Care Quality Commission inspection in September 2015. I will be working with all of you and giving you and your teams every support to ensure a successful outcome to this inspection.

“I will, over the next six months, endeavour to get out to meet with as many of you as possible to thank you personally for all your hard work and commitment to our patients, their carers and families and also to thank you for the contribution you have made to the successes and achievements of the trust.”

Mr Colgan led the trust through its authorisation as a foundation trust in 2008 and the acquisition of Somerset Community Health Services in 2011.