• Dominic Hardisty to join Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust
  • Takes over from Hayley Richards, who is retiring
  • Mr Hardisty is currently chief operating officer and deputy chief executive at Oxford Health Foundation Trust

An executive from a neighbouring trust will take over as chief executive at Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust.

Dominic Hardisty will replace the trust’s current chief executive Hayley Richards, who announced her retirement in January after 13 years at the organisation. Dr Richards will leave next month and Mr Hardisty will start in August.

Mr Hardisty joins from the neighbouring Oxford Health FT, where he is chief operating officer and deputy chief executive. He has been in this role since February 2016. Before that, he was Northamptonshire Healthcare FT’s deputy chief executive.

Avon and Wiltshire Partnership provides mental health services across a wide swathe of South West England and is rated as “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission

HSJ has reported concerns raised about the trust’s services in Bristol in recent years, including the closure of an inpatient unit due to patient ill-treatment and gaps in community mental healthcare in the city.