Finance Director at Special Measures Trust to Take Period of Leave

The finance director of an NHS trust will take an extended period of leave.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust had previously been placed in special measures.

An interim finance director has been appointed to replace Marcus Hassall in the meantime.

The trust is expected to accumulate a deficit of £31 million by the end of the fiscal year.

A spokeswoman indicated that the period of leave was unrelated to the financial deterioration of the organisation.

No reason has been given for the decision, while the actual period of leave, and for that matter when it begun, has also remained private.

Hassall had worked in this position since 2014, having been deputy finance director for three years previous to this.

He has worked at the trust in a variety of finance roles since joining the former Grimsby Health Trust in 1995.

The trust was one of three placed in financial special measures by NHS Improvement on Wednesday, due to deterioration against the planned deficit for the organisation of £23 million.

Richard Sunley had taken over as interim chief executive following the secondment of Karen Jackson to NHS Improvement.

Sunley previously defended the conduct of the trust, indicating that it is struggling financially owing to increased emergency activity and a high medical vacancy rate.

Furthermore, it had delivered a 4% level of efficiency savings, more than double that believed to be generally achievable by Lord Carter.

A report that will be placed before the board next week indicates that Robert Toole has been appointed as interim director of finance.

The report also outlines problems with the recovery plan operated in the trust.

“The recovery plan has delivered some benefit, but has not delivered the full traction in critical areas of activity recovery, temporary staffing controls and vacancy controls. The deteriorating position is clearly concerning from both an in-year and forward plan perspective. Control actions will require further enhancement, linking in with the wider NHSI support package. Cash flow will also be stretched by deteriorating trading, and efforts will be maintained to manage cash and protect frontline operations.”

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole is responsible for overseeing hospitals in Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole.

 

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