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‘Outstanding’ trust CEO joins neighbour

Published on: 22 Jun 2023

A mental health trust chief executive is taking up the same role at the neighbouring provider, it has announced.

Paul Calaminus has been appointed the new substantive chief executive of North East London Foundation Trust and is expected to start later in the summer.

He has been chief executive of neighbouring East London FT, which provides services in inner north East London and parts of the East of England, since October 2020.

The trusts told HSJ it was not a joint appointment, and Mr Calaminus will not remain CEO at ELFT, but stated only that “further details of arrangements for ELFT will be notified once they are finalised”.

ELFT is rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission and NELFT is rated “good”, with a “requires improvement” rating in the safety category.

Both trusts run some community services as well as mental health facilities.

NELFT was recently criticised by a coroner over the death of a patient, who recorded a verdict of neglect by the trust and said staff giving evidence at the inquest had not told the truth.

NELFT chair Eileen Taylor said in a statement: “With his experience working within the north east London system and leading a mental health and community services trust, Paul is well placed to support NELFT as we continue our journey to deliver the best care by the best people across north east London, Essex and Kent.”

NELFT has been led by Jacqui Van Rossum on an interim basis since January 2022.