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Trust Chairman Steps Down After 'Significant Achievements'

09 January 2017

The Chairman of the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to step down after almost five years in the role.

David Wright was appointed chairman in June 2012 – and since then has overseen a programme of continuous improvement at the hospital in Gorleston.

The former Director of Social Services at Norfolk County Council took over at a time when the hospital had been criticised by the independent regulator of health and social care services in England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

He will stand down on 30 April having helped guide the hospital to achieve a rating of “Good” by the CQC, with standards of care being highlighted as strong across the board.

 “I have enjoyed the challenge of chairing the Trust enormously, but it feels the right time to step down,” said Mr Wright.

“Our latest CQC report has reaffirmed that we are a good hospital, with inspectors noting further improvements and again highlighting the quality of care offered to patients by our staff.”

“The Trust’s governance has been scrutinised and praised, and we are on track to achieve important milestones relating to our finance.

“These are significant achievements which have only been made possible due to the hard work of our excellent staff, who are genuinely proud of their organisation, and the strong leadership of the executive team.

“I will, in so many ways, miss everyone but sometimes it is important to recognise that fresh eyes bring new approaches that help deliver in different ways.”

Trust Chief Executive Christine Allen said: “David stepped into the role of Chair at a turbulent time for the Trust, when it was under intense scrutiny.

“However, his  ability to galvanise people to give their best, coupled with his total commitment to patient care has helped the Trust achieve its current strong position – and, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank him for all his hard work and support.”

The process to select Mr Wright’s successor begins on Friday (13 January) when the Council of Governors receives a paper on the appointment of a new Chair.