Chief Executive of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, Simon Large, has announced he will be retiring at the end of August this year, after almost ten years leading the Trust.
During this time Simon has been instrumental in driving significant developments across the organisation including attaining the highest accolade of ‘good governance’ when authorised as a Foundation Trust (2015), and achieving the Trust’s highest quality rating of ‘good’ across the five ‘safe’, ‘effective’, ‘caring’, ‘responsive’ and ‘well-led’ categories, from the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission.
Simon Large, Chief Executive, said: “This has not been an easy decision for me as I am passionate about the Care Trust, the staff, the people we serve and the district we work in. I am honoured and privileged over the last decade to have been part of who we are and what we do. I know that the Trust is in a really strong position to take this work forward.”
During the last 10 years, Simon has overseen many service quality improvements that have been recognised in national awards, including finalist in the Health Service Journal’s ‘Provider Trust of the Year’ in 2015 and in the same year, winner of the Yorkshire and Humber Leadership Awards for ‘Board of the Year’.
Simon has also championed Trust-wide staff development including its Engaging Leaders programme – winner at the national Health Personnel Management Awards – and Exciting Futures, which involved service users in developing the Trust’s leadership skills. Simon has also contributed to the longer term leadership development strategy of the NHS through his work with the national NHS Leadership Academy, and led work on developing new models of care through the national Vanguard programme and Crisis Care Concordat, to improve urgent mental health care.
Mike Smith, Trust Chair, said: “Simon will be sorely missed by everyone working in the Care Trust and we all respect his decision, having completed 10 years leading the Trust as Chief Executive. During this time we have seen the organisation achieve key milestones and receive many regional and national accolades for the quality of our services, and the way in which we involve service users and carers in their care.”
Simon Large will be retiring at the end of August. Deputy Chief Executive, Nicola Lees, will take up the role on an interim basis whilst the formal recruitment and selection process gets underway, which is expected to be complete late autumn.