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Michelle McKay to leave Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Michelle McKay, the Chief Executive of the Trust which runs the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospital has announced that she is moving to a new post in her native Australia later this year.

Her move follows the offer of what she describes as her “dream job” leading the role of leading Top End Health Services, an integrated health service covering half of the Northern Territory of Australia. 

She will remain in Worcestershire until mid-December but announced her departure to the Trust’s 6,000 staff this morning, telling them: “It’s with a mixture of sadness and delight that I have to tell you I will be leaving the Trust for good later this year.

“Sadness because I have enjoyed my time here enormously and because I am sure that, as a result of your hard work and determination, a much more positive future is now within our grasp, despite the many challenges we still face.

“Delight because I have been offered an opportunity to take on what is probably the only job that would have tempted me away from here.”

Trust Chairman Sir David Nicholson said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michelle for her unfaltering focus on the safety and quality of patient care, outstanding commitment to improving the quality of our hospital services, compassionate and visionary leadership and many significant successes in tackling the Trust’s long-standing challenges.

“I understand her reasons for not wanting to turn this wonderful new opportunity down, but she will be a hard act to follow.

“Michelle will remain with us until mid-December, during which time we will be working hard to find a permanent replacement for her, to ensure we have a stable leadership team to take us on the next stage of our journey.”

Michelle McKay joined Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in March 2017. The organisation she is joining, Top End Health Services, has four hospitals and numerous clinics, many located in some of the most remote areas of the country.  The role provides an opportunity to influence outcomes in the health of the indigenous population, an area that she worked in extensively prior to moving to the UK.