The chief executive of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust will retire this summer, the Trust has announced.
Dr Matthew Patrick will step down in July 2019 after six years as the Trust’s CEO and after a 36-year career in the NHS which began at the Maudsley where he trained as a psychiatrist before returning in 2013 as chief executive.
Among his many roles, Dr Patrick was responsible for chairing the London Mental Health Mental Health Response to Major incidents Board, which coordinated the capital’s NHS response to terrorist incidents in London after the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks.
He said: “It has been an absolute privilege to work for my whole professional career within the NHS, an institution that I love dearly.
“To have had the opportunity within the NHS to have an academic, a clinical and a managerial career feels remarkably lucky.
“It has been a great honour to have been the chief executive of two organisations of international repute and lead such talented and committed staff who day in day out do their utmost to deliver excellent care to our patients and service users.”
Dr Patrick was described by the Trust’s chair, Roger Paffard, as ‘an inspirational leader’ and ‘a delight to work with’.
He will continue working full-time until July during recruitment for his successor, before taking up a position as a Senior Executive Director for the Trust.