CPFT Chief Executive Aidan Thomas to retire

Chair Julie Spence praise's Aidan's "tireless commitment" to improving patient services 

CPFT Chief Executive Aidan Thomas to retire
01 February 2017

Aidan Thomas is to step down as Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and retire from the National Health Service.

Mr Thomas made the announcement today in a message to the 3,500 staff who work for the mental health and community care provider.

Chair Julie Spence praised his three and a half years as CEO, thanking him for the “tireless commitment he has shown in improving the quality of our work for the benefit of service-users and patients”.

CPFT’s services were rated “good” during the last inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Mr Thomas (58) will now work his six-month notice period although he may remain at CPFT for longer. He and the Trust’s board have agreed that he will stay on until his replacement begins work. There will be no interim Chief Executive.

Mr Thomas, who took up his role in September 2013, said: “It has been an absolute honour and a privilege to lead the Trust. I will have been in post for four years by the time I leave and now is the right time to move aside.

“I have enjoyed 35 years with the NHS - 17 of those as a Chief Executive - but what I feel CPFT needs now is someone with the energy and drive to oversee the many exciting developments that are coming up in the next few years. It is the right time to go so that our Trust and our services can continue to develop and thrive.”

In his message to staff, Mr Thomas said: “I am extremely proud of my time at CPFT. When I first arrived the Trust had gone through a painful turnaround programme. My main aim originally was to help you to re-establish the confidence you deserved to have in the services you provide.

“Your efforts have taken the Trust well beyond those goals. The Trust has grown and you have developed many new and existing services which are far more integrated that ever before. As a result, CPFT has now established itself as a key partner in the local health economy. You have also retained our financial stability at a time of huge pressure.

“There have been challenges, of course, mainly around funding and demand – and they will continue. But your dedication, teamwork and determination to do your best for everyone we see and treat has always shone through and I am sure you will continue to meet these challenges.

“While there is more to do, there was no better illustration of what we have managed to achieve together than the outcome of our Care Quality Commission following its most recent inspection.

“Overall, I will leave CPFT in a much better place than when I arrived, and that’s all I could have hoped for.”

Julie Spence said it had been an “absolute pleasure to work with Aidan”.

She added: “I want to thank him for the tireless commitment he has shown in improving the quality of our work for the benefit of service-users and patients. His leadership, knowledge and good humour has seen the Trust achieve many milestones and he can be rightly proud of his time with CPFT.

“Aidan’s legacy will be that he has developed an extremely strong leadership team across all levels of the organisation. It is with this knowledge that the Board knows the organisation will continue to go from strength to strength. We will make sure we recruit the right candidate to replace him and we will take our time to do that.”

Mr Thomas plans to work for charities, offer support to future NHS leaders, and travel during his retirement.

He has spent 30 years with the NHS. He joined CPFT from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. Before that, he was also Chief Executive at Epping Forest Primary Care Trust and West Essex Primary Care Trust. During his career, he also held senior roles at Lambeth Community NHS Trust and Essex and Herts Community NHS Trust.


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Media and Marketing Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 07893 340795

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