Search

Two chiefs from region’s failing mental health trust to step down

PUBLISHED: 17:57 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 19:23 18 October 2017

Leigh Howlett, left, and Jane Sayer. Photo: Archant

Leigh Howlett, left, and Jane Sayer. Photo: Archant

Archant

Two executive directors have handed in their resignations at the region’s beleaguered mental health trust.

Leigh Howlett, director of strategy and resources, and Jane Sayer, director of nursing, quality and patient safety, are both stepping down, a spokesman for Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) confirmed.

It comes after former chief executive Michael Scott announced his retirement shortly before NSFT was branded inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.

And both Ms Howlett and Dr Sayer cited the findings of the report as the reason for their departure.

Both will fulfil their six-month notice periods working within the wider NHS.

Dr Sayer said: “It has been a privilege to work with the excellent staff at NSFT, and alongside the incredibly committed service users, carers and volunteers who all play their part in supporting and delivering caring services to thousands of local people every day.

“Although I am deeply saddened to be stepping down from my role, I believe it is the right thing to do following the recent CQC report. Clearly the quality of services remains a real challenge and there is much work to be done to drive that forward.”

Ms Howlett added: “When I read the CQC report my first concern was for the disappointment of our staff, who I know have worked incredibly hard, and for the service users and carers whose confidence in our services may have been affected.

“As an executive member of the board I have always been passionately committed to the success of this trust and to its positive future, and I fully believe that the colleagues I leave behind will achieve all of the improvements that need to be made for the benefit of local service users.”

NSFT’s new chief executive Julie Cave said: “On behalf of the board and the trust’s staff I would like to express our gratitude to Jane and Leigh for their hard work and for their unstinting dedication to mental health services.

“Both have led their teams with commitment, respect and dedication; and they have always been the complete embodiment of our trust’s values. There is no doubt that their integrity and professionalism will carry them on to a positive future.”

She said that NSFT would now take the time to rejuvenate the board’s membership.

“We remain committed to the job at hand; to continue to lead and support the delivery of the improvements we need to make, at pace,” she said.

“None of us underestimates the task ahead; it will be more hard work and more challenge. But, by continuing to work together effectively we will achieve what we are here to do – to provide safe, caring, responsive and effective mental health services to local people.

Other news

Yesterday, 08:41

With the firework season coming up, one professional is looking to help dog owners through a difficult time of year.

Yesterday, 07:58

Summer is seriously over, as the Met Office announces temperatures in the east of England will reach a maximum of 13C this weekend.

Fri, 16:21

A father whose two sons rely on one of the 46 children’s centres under threat of closure has urged people to make their voices heard over the controversial proposals.

Fri, 15:13

Airy open carriages, free fast wifi and a USB point for every passenger – Greater Anglia have unveiled the inside of their new regional trains.

Most Read

Thursday, February 6, 2014

It was its down-at-heel aura that first attracted Polly Grieff to the crumbling Old Manor at Saham Toney.

Read more
Thu, 18:30

People fear their town is “dying” after it was announced that one of its two banks is closing.

Read more
Post Office
Monday, April 24, 2017

The New York city skyline is on the walls, American football is played on a huge television and there are booths to sit and eat your rack of ribs.

Read more
Breckland Council
Fri, 13:45

The first residents have moved into new affordable homes in Narborough, near Swaffham, which are part of a £4.3 million investment project.

Read more
Breckland Council
Tue, 16:00

The Mayor of Watton has praised the community spirit of the town after her charity ball raised more than £4,000.

Read more
Watton

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 5°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy