NHS Trust chief takes on a new role
The boss of the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, which runs mental and community health services, is leaving his job.
John Short, who has run the trust since June 2011, has been appointed chief executive of the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
He will leave the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust at the end of March.
Professor David Chiddick, chairman of the trust, said: "This is a great opportunity for John and a recognition of the distance LPT has travelled over the past 18 months under his leadership.
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"I have very much enjoyed working with him and he will be a great loss to the trust."
Mr Short was appointed to head LPT in 2011 to cover for the then chief executive Antony Sheehan.
The appointment came when Mr Sheehan was awarded a year-long fellowship by the Health Foundation, a charity working to improve health care, to study at Harvard University and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in America.
His work with the Health Foundation was then extended but it is not known if he is returning to the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.
Mr Short's successor will inherit a number of administrative challenges. The trust has recently been in the spotlight after an independent review into the cases of eight patients with mental issues who are thought to have taken their own lives found better safety measures could have been in place.
The review, carried out Professor Louis Appleby, director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention, has recommended the risk should be better assessed by staff at the trust and more done to check on where patients are.
The trust's bid to become an NHS foundation trust, which give it a greater say in how services are provided and where money is spent, has also been deferred.
The regulator, Monitor, said the application should be delayed for six months so improvements in quality can be made.