Oxleas announces new Interim Chief Executive

A new Interim Chief Executive has been announced by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, with Dr Ify Okocha stepping into the role.

Dr Okocha will move from his previous role as Deputy Chief Executive, into the Interim Chief Executive post. Having previously served as Medical Director at the trust, Dr Okocha is listed in the Roll of Honour of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is also the Chair of the London Mental Health Trust Medical Directors Group.

Dr Okocha said of the news: “I am delighted to be taking on this role and looking forward to working with colleagues across Oxleas and south east London. We have an exciting new strategy for Oxleas which we are all looking forward to putting into action.”

The role was left vacant at the trust after Matthew Trainer left the organisation at the start of July to join Barking, Havering, and Redbridge NHS Trust as the new Chief Executive.

Oxleas Chair, Andy Trotter, said: “Matthew’s passionate commitment to patient care and the wellbeing of staff has been vital in the way Oxleas has risen to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. I am confident that Ify and our strong Executive Team will continue to build on this.”

The Care Quality Commission rated Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust as “good” in its latest inspection report into the Trust, which took place in 2019.