Angela Pedder, chief executive of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RDE) has been unveiled as the new boss of the Success Regime for North, East and Western (NEW) Devon.
Top of her list of tasks will be addressing a £440million funding black hole.
The Success Regime is intended to play a major role in transforming the health service in the Devon region.
In January, the organisation published a discussion document, which called for radical changes.
This proved controversial as it seemed to imply that a significant service centralisation was preferable.
Pedder has been at the helm of the RDE for 20 years.
Under her tutelage it became the region’s only hospital with Foundation Trust status.
Commenting on her appointment, Pedder acknowledged that she faces significant challenges, but endeavoured to improve the situation for patients in the region.
“Standards of patient safety and quality in Devon are good yet demand continues to grow and the patients we see are living longer with more complex conditions. In order for us to maintain and enhance the quality of care and live within our means we will need to develop new ways of working that build on the local health and social care partnerships already in place. This will be challenging but I am looking forward to the great opportunity it brings to make health and social care services in Devon sustainable and even better for our population.”
Case for Change, a document which argues for widespread change in the region, indicated that “any consultation process which aims to propose substantial changes to services must make sense as a whole,” and that “highly specialised services need to be planned for a much bigger population covering the whole of Devon, Cornwall and possibly beyond” should be central to the ethos of the region in future.
Andrew Ridley, Regional Director (South) for NHS England, was positive about the influence of such initiatives in Devon.
“The NEW Devon community has established a new approach to working together to deliver clinically and financially sustainable services for people in Devon and Plymouth. The challenges the system faces to reach a point of clinical and financial sustainability are significant, as the recent Case for Change demonstrates. We are committed to supporting the health and social care system in its journey, and are encouraged by the positive signs of improvement in a relatively short space of time.”
Pedder will remain as the hospital’s chief executive and accountable officer until her replacement has been identified.