STRUCTURE: The chair of South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust has announced she is leaving her post.

The trust announced that Madeliene Long was stepping down earlier this month, after 14 years in post.

In a statement the trust said it aimed to recruit a new chair by the end of the year and that Ms Long “has expressed her strong support to enable an orderly transition.”

Monitor is investigating governance at the trust and HSJ understands this will report later this month.

When the investigation was announced in July Monitor said it had been triggered “after external reviews of the trust raised concerns over how the board is organised and run.”

In July the trust said it had already made changes, including: “A review of board committees, the implementation of a new quality governance structure; the implementation of a revised performance framework; and the appointment of two new non executive directors”.

In a statement made after the announcement of her departure Ms Long said: “It has been a great honour to have served as chair of SLaM and coming to the end of my second term as a foundation trust chair it is the right time to hand over to a new chair.

“SLaM is a great organisation that continues to deliver the very best care for patients and challenge the stigma surrounding mental health. I am immensely proud to have been closely associated with it, and have enjoyed working with such dedicated staff over the years. I wish my successor every good wish in taking the many developments we have in train forward.”

Chief executive Matthew Patrick said: “Madeliene has made a quite exceptional contribution in the history of an exceptional organisation; leading the trust to foundation trust status, and was pivotal in ensuring that both SLaM and mental health were centrally positioned in the creation of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre.

“It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to work with someone who has done so much for mental health and who is so committed to the health and wellbeing of the people we serve. She will be much missed, but it is characteristic of her leadership that she is managing this transition in such a clear and effective manner.”