October 11, 2008

Mental Health Trust Boss is Not Quitting

The boss of Derbyshire's mental health services said he will not resign after the trust failed to gain NHS foundation status.

Speculation over Mike Shewan's position has been rife since Derbyshire Mental Health Services NHS Trust had its application to become a foundation trust turned down in June. The status would have given the trust more independence from the Department of Health.

Now Mr Shewan, the trust's chief executive, has responded to rumours about his position.

He said: "I have been inundated with queries about whether I was going to leave.

"Having been chief executive for eight-and-a-half years, and having seen how much has changed, I am clear that my heart lies in Derbyshire and my future is with this trust. So I'm not going anywhere."

The application was rejected because of concerns over the trust's "future financial risk".

Mr Shewan said: "It has been disappointing but it changes nothing about our ambition to be one of the best performing trusts in the country."

Foundation trust status is granted by Monitor, an independent regulator set up by the Government.

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