Chief Executive stands down

Published: 30 May 2014

The Trust announces that the Chief Executive, Dr Paula Vasco-Knight CBE, has decided to resign from her employment at South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Vasco-Knight has decided to relocate to the North West of England for family reasons. The Trust wishes to place on record that considerable success was achieved during Dr Vasco-Knight’s tenure as Chief Executive.

It is unfortunate that Dr Vasco-Knight’s achievements have been overshadowed by the Employment Tribunal Judgment in January 2014 involving our Trust. Notwithstanding the judgment of the Employment Tribunal, Dr Vasco-Knight asserts that an independent report commissioned by a former Chair of the Trust prior to the Tribunal in question found no evidence that Dr Vasco-Knight had breached Trust policies.

The Trust and Dr Vasco-Knight also wish to make it clear that no payments have been made to her other than those to which she is entitled under her contract of employment with the Trust.