Nursing boss bows out after decades of service
TRIBUTES have been paid to veteran health boss David Pearson as he attended his final board meeting of mental health trust Combined Healthcare.
The nursing director has worked in psychiatric care in North Staffordshire for more than 38 years and will retire next month.
His successor is Biddulph-born Steve Gregory, the former head of NHS mental health care in South Staffordshire.
Combined chairman Ken Jarrold said: "Dave has given outstanding service for many years. It is an incredible record.
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"He is widely respected and liked, both within this trust and way beyond it.
"He has always been a great ambassador for Combined Healthcare and a personal encouragement to me since I arrived here a few months ago."
Mr Pearson, who started his career as a nursing cadet, has worked in all aspects of mental health nursing and helped oversee the closure of the old asylum-style St Edward's Hospital in 1999.
A Bagnall parish councillor, he was awarded the MBE in 2010.