17 January 2019
AWP Chief Executive announces retirement
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health
Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust's Chief Executive, Dr Hayley Richards
has announced that she is set to retire from the NHS at the end of
May 2019, following a long and successful career.
Dr Hayley Richards has been part of the NHS for 33 years and for
the last 13 years has served AWP as a Consultant Psychiatrist,
Director of Medical Education, Medical Director and Chief
Dr Richards said: "It has been an absolute privilege to be part of
AWP over the last 13 years and I am extremely proud of the work we
"When I started as Chief Executive in 2016 some of my main aims
were to help us re-establish the confidence we deserved to have in
the services we provide, to increase clinical leaders, to have
senior managers and frontline staff work together more closely and
to improve quality. There have been many challenges along the way,
of course, mainly around funding and service demand, and these will
continue in the coming years.
"I leave the NHS at a time of great challenge and opportunity and
I will watch with hope and optimism that true parity of esteem is
achieved for mental health service users."
AWP's Chair, Charlotte Hitchings, said: "I would like to express
my personal appreciation and thanks to Hayley for her commitment,
passion and drive to AWP and mental health. Thanks to Hayley's
leadership we are in a good position to take on the challenges that
lie ahead and build on productive relationships with our partners
to deliver excellent mental healthcare that puts our service users,
carers and families at the heart."
Dr Richards qualified in medicine at the University of Bristol in
1986. She became a member of the Royal College of General
Practitioners in 1990 and a member of the Royal College of
Psychiatrists in 1993, achieving dual accreditation in General and
Old Age Psychiatry.
She joined AWP in 2006 as a Consultant Psychiatrist, became
Medical Director in 2013 and was appointed Chief Executive in
AWP's Board will publish their intention regarding recruitment of
a new Chief Executive in due course but are keen to initiate
recruitment as soon as possible.