Chair of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust announces decision to step down
Harry Turner, Chair of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, has announced that he intends to step down from his position in March 2016.
He has taken this difficult decision to ensure a long-term appointment can be made and lead the Trust through the next stage of its development. He has served the Trust for seven years.
Chris Tidman will continue as Chief Executive. This will ensure that the progress highlighted by the Care Quality Commission continues at pace and improvements in performance and financial position are made.
Harry Turner, Chairman of the Trust said:
“I have the utmost respect for everyone working in our hospitals, their dedication and commitment is phenomenal, and it is an honour to have worked alongside our staff. I feel it is the right time for new, long-term Board leadership. I am confident that the work already underway will ensure that we continue to improve service delivery and patient experience month on month.
"Critical to my decision was the staff and our patients and how the organisation needs stability over the longer term. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a great place to work and I am confident that under Chris’ leadership and the senior executive team’s expertise the organisation will continue its improvement journey at pace and make the changes much needed across the county.”
Jeffrey Worrall, Portfolio Director at the NHS Trust Development Authority said:
“Harry should be commended for his dedication and strong leadership of the Trust during very challenging times and under great personal pressure. He has supported the Board and interim Chief Executive to ensure the Trust is on the road to improvement with a comprehensive action plan.
"The Trust and the NHS has benefited from Harry’s private sector business acumen and leadership. I am sure that should he choose to continue in either the public sector or the NHS, his experience and expertise would prove valuable again. We will support the Trust with Chair recruitment and continue to work closely with them as they build on the progress with their improvement work."
In answer to the question 'has Harry received a pay off?...'
No. Harry has chosen to step down. Harry’s term of office was due to conclude in November 2016 and to enable the setting up of long-term leadership has chosen to step down a few months early. Harry will be paid until his leaving date.