Aidan Thomas

Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Aidan Thomas is Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS and a long background in mental health and community services. He is a former Director of Human Resources and Director of Older People's Services at Lambeth Community NHS Trust which provided Mental Health and Community Health services in London.

In 1995, he joined Essex and Herts Community NHS Trust as Director of Operations. While there, he managed the development of community services in the area, and the planning and community replacement, of Mental Health services from Claybury Hospital to Essex.  He was seconded by the Department of Health to Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside to assist with the Fallon enquiry for 6 months in 1999 and, on his return to Essex and Herts in 2000, was appointed Chief Executive of Epping Forest Primary Care Trust - one of the first PCT's which pioneered the use of case management and emergency care teams in Older People's Services.

He went on to lead West Essex PCT after PCT's were reorganised in 2006.  He joined CPFT from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust where he had successfully led the merger of Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Foundation Trust, and the Suffolk Mental Health Partnership Trust in 2012.

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