• SLAM chief will retire from the role this summer
  • Will continue with other leadership roles at the trust

The chief executive of one of England’s top mental health trusts is retiring this summer.

Matthew Patrick will step down from the top job at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust in July, the provider has announced.

Dr Patrick has led the organisation since 2013, and 2019 is his 12th year as an NHS chief executive, having previously led the Tavistock and Portman FT.

His achievements at SLAM include the creation of the South London Partnership with two other south London mental health trusts, which has seen significant improvements in clinical care for forensic patients and children and young people.

Dr Patrick, a psychiatrist, chaired the London Mental Health Response to Major Incidents board, which was set up to manage London’s NHS response to terrorist events after the London Bridge attack.

Trust chair Roger Paffard said: “Matthew is an inspirational leader. He can feel justifiably proud of the progress this trust has made on both the national and international stage in championing mental health, and in driving clinical improvements and innovation.

“He is an outstanding chief executive, and a delight to work with. He is an inspiration to other clinicians considering a role in executive leadership.

“His leadership role in the development of pioneering new vehicles in integrated care, including the population-based alliances in Lambeth and Croydon, is widely recognised and appreciated by our partners.”

Dr Patrick said: “It has been an absolute privilege to work for my whole professional career within the NHS, an institution that I love dearly.

“To have had the opportunity within the NHS to have an academic, a clinical and a managerial career feels remarkably lucky. It has been a great honour to have been the chief executive of two organisations of international repute and lead such talented and committed staff who day in day out do their utmost to deliver excellent care to our patients and service users. I am making the decision now as it feels like the right time for me and my family.

”I am still keen to contribute to the NHS and healthcare more broadly and am looking forward to new opportunities and challenges, and to continuing to make a contribution for as long as that is valuable.”

The trust said, although Dr Patrick would step down as chief executive in July, he would continue as “senior executive director – young people and international”, responsible “for two stand-alone developments that will be launched in 2019”.