The boss of an NHS Trust has resigned following “inexcusable behaviour” exposed at a mental health unit in Prestwich.
Rupert Nichols, chairman of the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust, confirmed his resignation on Friday following allegations of patient abuse at the Edenfield Centre, located on the former site of Prestwich Hospital.
Mr Nichols told colleagues he would retire at the end of December, seven months before the end of his term.
In a letter to trust staff, he said: “Our trust is facing significant challenges following the inexcusable behavior and examples of unacceptable care that have been exposed at the Edenfield Centre.
“The Board of Directors and I have apologized to those affected directly and indirectly.
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“It is clear that it will take some time for the Trust to overcome the challenges of successfully implementing our improvement plan and to rebuild faith and trust in our services.”
The current trust’s chairman said his early “retirement” would give the board time to make a new appointment as soon as possible.
He continued, “It has been an immense privilege to chair your Board of Directors and the Board of Governors.
“I am absolutely certain that the Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust will get through this difficult time, learn from the experience and make the appropriate changes to, once again, be recognized as a provider of high quality compassionate care.”
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The news comes just two days after Mr Nichols announced the board had instructed law firm Law by Design to undertake a “thorough and fully independent investigation into the trust’s senior management”.
In a letter sent by Mr Nichols to staff on Wednesday November 16, he said: ‘The purpose of this investigation, conducted by a leading legal and HR consultancy firm, is to determine whether (and, if so , the extent to which) any individual or individuals employed by the Trust in a Leadership Capacity have, by omission or action, caused or contributed to lapses in patient care.
The report is expected to be released in December.
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