Five Board Level Jobs Available in Huge Mental Health Trust

The largest mental health and community services trust in Britain has been forced to advertise for 5 board level jobs. Southern Health Foundation Trust has faced a raft of resignations which have necessitated this move. The trust has struggled with both care scandals and corporate governance problems over the last few years. Consequently, five non-executives resigned from the trust in March, with former chair Tim Smart leaving in September. Alan Jason has been serving as an interim chief... Readmore

NHS Digital Appoints New CEO

NHS Digital has appointed Home Office chief technology officer, Sarah Wilkinson, as its new CEO. Wilkinson is currently the chief digital, data and technology officer at the Home Office. She will join NHS Digital later this year, replacing interim CEO Rob Shaw, who has been holding the fort since Andy Williams retired at the end of March. NHS Digital chair Noel Gordon welcomed Wilkinson to the team. “Sarah brings vast experience of implementing complex technology projects, alongside... Readmore

Number of NHS Managers Grows by 18% in Four Years

Official data suggests that the number of NHS managers has grown by nearly 20% over the last four years. And this is particularly damning for the authorities, as the Conservative administration had previously introduced policies intended to reduced the level of bureaucracy in the health service. In April 2013, Jeremy Hunt had unveiled the Health and Social Care Act; considered controversial in some quarters. However, there has been an increase of 4,650 total management posts since this date. Observers... Readmore

Skills for Health Announces New Chair Appointment

Skills for Health has announced that Jeremy Newman has been appointed as the new Chair of Skills for Health and Justice and will take over from Chris Hannah on the 1st April. John Rogers, Chief Executive of Skills for Health and Justice commented on the new appointment, welcoming Newman to this important and prestigious role. “We are absolutely delighted that Jeremy has been appointed as our new Chair at such an exciting time of growth for our organisation; when our influence and value is being... Readmore

RCGP Chief Executive Neil Hunt to Step Down From Post

The Chief Executive of the Royal College of General Practitioners will step down from his position, following six years in the role. It has been officially confirmed that Neil Hunt will move on from his current duties in due course. Hunt's tenure has generally been considered a success, and the news of his leaving the position brought tributes from colleagues. Leaders at the college have particularly proclaimed his role in campaigning for a rise in GP funding, something that has been achieved... Readmore

Former Hospital Trust Chief Executive Handed 16-Month Suspended Jail Sentence

A former hospital trust Chief Executive has been handed a 16-month suspended jail sentence. Paula Vasco-Knight, formerly the head of South Devon Foundation Trust, pleaded guilty to fraudulently paying her husband in excess of £11,000. She was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court. Her husband had also pleaded guilty to fraud, and was given a 10-month suspended sentence, with both jail terms suspended for two years. Vasco-Knight was ordered to carry out 250 hours of community service, with... Readmore

Mental Health Trust to Become First to be Prosecuted

A mental health trust has become the first to be prosecuted under legislation drafted following the Mid Staffs scandal. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust will be taken to court after a patient sustained serious injuries during a fall from a low roof at Melbury Lodge, Royal Hampshire county hospital, Winchester, in December 2015. The trust has been accused of failing to provide adequate care and treatment, and in failing to prevent what was avoidable harm. Other patients who weren't harmed... Readmore

Probation Officer Jailed for Fabricating Qualifications

A former probation officer has been jailed for two years after he fabricated qualifications. Jon Andrewes, 63, claimed to have two PhDs and a Master’s degree, and earned over £1 million working within the NHS system. Yet Andrewes was only in possession of a higher education diploma in social work and a teaching qualification. Andrewes falsely claimed to have acquired a diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a PhD in ethics management from Plymouth University,... Readmore

Director of Specialised Commissioning Subjected to Police Investigation

The national deputy medical director and director of specialised commissioning for the NHS has been subjected to a police investigation. Jonathan Fielden will be removed from his daily duties in the meantime, while the General Medical Council has also restricted him from any contact with patients. Fielden had joined NHS England relatively recently, moving into his new position at the beginning of 2016. The director previously worked as a medical director at University College London Hospitals... Readmore

The Welsh NHS Confederation Gloomy on Post-Brexit Recruitment

An assembly committee in Wales has delivered a harsh warning on the potential impact of Brexit on recruitment in the nation. The Welsh NHS Confederation suggests that the decision of the British people to exit the European Union was likely to have a direct influence over the ability of the NHS to recruit professionals. This is particularly true due to the diminishing value of sterling, according to the confederation. Both health and social care systems will struggle to recruit and function... Readmore

Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust Welcomes New Chief Executive

Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust has appointed a new chief executive. Jon Green, the executive chief operating office at nearby West Suffolk Foundation Trust, will make the step up to this esteemed position. This move will become effective in May, with Green replacing Dorothy Hosein. Hosein is moving on to what she described as “new opportunities”. The executive intends to assist other trusts facing similar difficulties to King's Lynn. Queen Elizabeth Hospital... Readmore

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Appoints new Chief Executive

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals has appointed a new chief executive. Richard Parker has been promoted from his previous position of nursing director. Parker possesses more than 30 years experience in the NHS. He has worked as the trust’s nursing director since October 2013. Mike Pinkerton previously filled this role, but retired in January after four years with the trust. The trust is expecting an underlying end-of-year deficit of £30 million, excluding £17 million of STP funding,... Readmore
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