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Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust names new chief executive

The troubled mental health trust serving West Norfolk has today announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

Stuart Richardson, who is currently deputy chief executive of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), is set to take up the role this autumn.

He will succeed Adam Morris, who was appointed as interim boss in May, after the man previously in line for the job, Mason Fitzgerald, pulled out following revelations that he had wrongly stated his qualifications.

New Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Stuart Richardson (48930726)
New Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Stuart Richardson (48930726)

Mr Richardson has worked for the trust for the last three years - initially as chief operating officer before becoming deputy chief executive earlier this year.

He said: “I feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead the Trust.

“I have learned so much from service users, colleagues and partners in my time at NSFT as we have worked together to improve services and we will continue to listen and improve.”

The trust has faced sustained criticism in recent years over the quality of both its services and management.

Mental health campaigners say they have no confidence in the organisation and regulators should intervene in its affairs.

But NSFT chairman Marie Gabriel insisted there had been a "robust recruitment process" which led to Mr Richardson's appointment.

Trust chairman Marie Gabriel said: “As a hugely compassionate, respectful and inclusive person, Stuart lives the values we hold close as a Trust.

“He is dedicated to quality, safety and what matters most to service users, their carers and the people he works with.

“We have come such a long way since 2018, and I am convinced that Stuart’s leadership will enable us to move to the next stage of our improvement journey and enable us to sustain our progress.

“I would like to thank all the service users, carers, staff, Governors and partners who took part in the recruitment process. Their insights and feedback were essential in helping us to make this appointment.”

Mr Morris' appointment as interim chief executive is due to end in October.

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