Search begins for new chairman of East Sussex Healthcare Trust

Conquest Hospital, Hastings. SUS-150615-132748001
Conquest Hospital, Hastings. SUS-150615-132748001

Health bosses are advertising for a new chairman at East Sussex Healthcare Trust – a job billed as ‘one of the most challenging roles in the NHS today’.

The NHS Trust Development Authority is looking for a new chairman of the trust which runs Eastbourne DGH and Conquest Hospital in Hastings.

It is hoped new leadership at the trust will help its journey out of special measures.

Former chairman Stuart Welling, who faced criticisms during his time on the board, resigned in September, following the trust’s inadequate CQC inspection.

The TDA’s advertisement states: “This is one of the most challenging roles in the NHS today. This is a large organisation with a number of challenges, and as such the chair will provide leadership working with NHS and other partners and local leaders, championing and responding to the wishes and aspirations of patients and the diverse communities the Trust serves.

“This is a critical and exciting time for the Trust and a unique opportunity for the right person to share their talents and expertise to help drive the Trust’s financial improvement and quality agenda to make a profound difference for patients and local communities.”

The NHS TDA said it is welcoming applications from candidates who believe they meet the full person specification and have the enthusiasm needed to commit to supporting East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust to ‘significantly improve care and treatment for patients and leave the special measures regime’.

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