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Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust

Dorset Healthcare director of nursing resigns

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The director of nursing and quality at Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust has resigned after less than three months in the post.

Paul Lumsden took up the post at the troubled mental health and community provider in November. He replaced Tim Archer who left last year after Monitor intervened at the trust in response to governance concerns.

The chair and chief executive also resigned and have been replaced on an interim basis by Sir David Henshaw and Ron Shields respectively..

A spokeswoman for the trust said Mr Lumsden had left for personal reasons. Associate director for children and families Fiona Haughey has been appointed acting director of nursing and quality, a role she held in between Mr Archer’s departure and Mr Lumsden’s arrival last autumn.

The spokeswoman said: “Paul Lumsden has resigned from his post as director of nursing and quality at Dorset HealthCare to support his family due to personal circumstances.  This resignation did not involve a compromise agreement.”

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