• Nerissa Vaughan has left Great Western Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Will be replaced on interim basis by trust’s director of strategy and community services

A chief executive who has led her trust for eight years has stepped down from her position to recover from a period of ill health.

Nerissa Vaughan has left Great Western Hospitals Foundation Trust, which provides acute and community care, after joining the organisation in 2011.

In a public message, the trust’s chair Liam Coleman said Ms Vaughan had decided to leave to “continue her recovery and then to pursue other opportunities”.

During her tenure, Ms Vaughan integrated Wiltshire Community Services and Swindon Community Services into the trust and set up Wiltshire Health and Care as a limited liability partnership to deliver the county’s community services.

She will be replaced on an interim basis by Kevin McNamara, who is the trust’s director of strategy and community services.

The £335m-income trust, which is based in Swindon, ended the previous financial year with a £1.3m deficit including provider sustainability funding. However, it has an underlying deficit of £12.4m and this year is forecasting a £20.3m deficit (without PSF) against a target of £11.5m.

The trust, rated “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission, is part of the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.