Finance director of Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health trust resigns

Andrew Hopkins, has resigned from  Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust ENGANL00120140502155833
Andrew Hopkins, has resigned from Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust ENGANL00120140502155833

The finance director of Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has resigned five months after it became the first mental health trust put in special measures.

Andrew Hopkins has announced his resignation after 16 years as an NHS director, including nearly 12 years with NSFT, He has decided to take a career break.

The trust was put in special measures in February and has been described by the Care Quality Commission as not being a safe service.

Mr Hopkins will remain at work until the end of this month, after which he will take owed annual leave before formally leaving the trust in September.

Looking back on his time with the trust, he said: “I have been involved in many great developments in mental health services over the past 12 years and have always strived to support service improvements and champion greater funding for mental health.

“This has become more and more difficult over the last few years and clearly the trust finds itself in a very challenging position right now.

“I feel that now is the right time for me to step aside and for someone else to provide a fresh approach to that challenge. I will greatly miss all of my colleagues and all of the fantastic staff I have met in my time at NSFT.”

Michael Scott, chief executive at NSFT, said: “On behalf of everyone at the trust, I would like to thank Andrew for the dedication and commitment he has always shown to our trust and wish him the very best now and in the future.”

NSFT also confirmed that Kathy Chapman, its former Director of Operations for Norfolk and Waveney, will be leaving at the end of this month, following a 12-month secondment with national health organisations.

She has been working as programme manager on a project aimed at establishing national benchmarks for the quality and consistent provision of mental health services in England and will continue her work on the next phase of this programme.

Kathy said: “I feel extremely privileged over the past 12 months to have had the opportunity to play a small role in the absolutely vital work underway to improve services for people with mental health problems in England and I am pleased to be able to continue that work into the future.“