Rupert Nichols, Chair of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust, has announced his intention to step down from his role at the end of December.
In a letter to staff, governors and Board members Mr Nichols writes:
Our Trust is facing significant challenges following the inexcusable behaviour and examples of unacceptable care that have been exposed at the Edenfield Centre. Both I and the Board have apologised to those affected directly and indirectly.
It is clear that it will take some time for the Trust to navigate the challenges of successfully implementing our Improvement Plan and rebuilding faith and confidence in our services.
My term of office as Chair ends next July, but I believe that the Trust would benefit from a new Chair, bringing new ideas and energy to lead the Board through this recovery period and beyond.
I have therefore decided to retire from the board at the end of December 2022, to allow the Trust to make a new appointment at the earliest opportunity.
It has been an immense privilege to chair your Board and the Council of Governors.
I am absolutely certain that Greater Manchester Mental Health trust will come through this difficult period, learning from the experience and making the appropriate changes to, once again, be recognised as a provider of high quality, compassionate care.