Trevor signs off for Oxleas and on for Sky Blues?

There was a big turnout at Memorial Hospital last week as Trevor Eldridge, our Director of Adult Acute Mental Health Services retired following 32 years of working in the NHS - 18 of which were spent at Oxleas.

Trevor worked across most of our services and all of the boroughs we cover during his time at Oxleas. Originally from the Midlands, Trevor is a passionate Coventry City fan. A former season ticket holder, he still regularly commutes up to the Midlands from his Bexleyheath home to see the Sky Blues in action. He received several gifts from staff including a framed 'newspaper' front page announcing his arrival as the football club's oldest signing from staff in our older people's mental health services.  

Chair Dave Mellish paid tribute to Trevor and said: "I've been working with you since 2001 and you have been right at the heart of all the changes that have led us to where we are now. The thing that has come across most is your absolute commitment to improve patient care. You will be severely missed." 

Trevor replied: "Those comments mean a lot to me, however a service director is only as good as the team they work with and I would like to thank the great teams that I have worked with here.   

"When I got to Bexley all our mental health units were still in old Victorian wards on the Bexley Hospital site. Thankfully our Board were prepared to invest in our estate and we are in a much better position now."

In Trevor's parting shot he said: "If anybody wants to remember me for anything, its a piece of work I introduced called the care and compassion initiative. It was developed by our inpatient services well in advance of national thinking." 

Iain Dimond took over as Director of Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability Services on 1 May in a new role which brings together these services in one directorate.

Published on 8th May 2013