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Right Arrow NHS trust in search for new chair
29 May 2014 at 15:48
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has begun the search for a new chair of its Board.

The eight-year stewardship of Sir Ron Watson CBE as chair ends in October.

Chief Executive Jonathan Parry said: “Since 2006 Sir Ron has helped steer the Trust through very significant change in the NHS, and we are grateful for his counsel and leadership during this time.”

The process to recruit Sir Ron’s successor is being coordinated by the NHS Trust Development Authority which oversees performance of NHS trusts aspiring to be a foundation trust.

The chair provides leadership within the Trust, 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.

Full details about the post and how to apply can be found on the Trust Development Authority website. Applications close at 11am on 1 July 2014. The proposed start date for the new chair is 1 November 2014.

Sir Ron said: “I have been delighted to work for local people as chair and represent their views with my other non-executive colleagues.

“It has also been a pleasure to regularly see at first-hand the professionalism and unstinting dedication of our staff.

“I am disappointed we have as yet been unable to achieve our goal of becoming a foundation trust but, first the upheavals of major NHS reorganisation and now the need for a Chief Inspector of Hospitals inspection, have significantly slowed the applications of most aspirant foundation trusts.

”Nonetheless the Trust has made considerable progress improving the quality of the care we provide, stablising our finances, and achieving national NHS performance standards.”

Sir Ron has considerable experience in former NHS organisations including Southport and Formby Health Authority, Sefton Health Authority, Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority, where he was vice-chair, and as chair of Cheshire West Primary Care Trust.

He lives in Birkdale, Southport, and is married with two children.


Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Email tonyellis@nhs.net


Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We have a budget of £181m and employ 3,300 staff. In 2012/13, our staff saw 247,605 outpatients; treated 60,635 inpatients; supported the birth of 3,043 babies; and attended to 98,163 urgent care cases.

2. NHS foundation trusts were established in 2004 and created to put decision-making about health care into the hands of local people. They are membership organisations and we are enrolling members now. Once we are approved as a foundation trust, members will have a number of important roles:

• Reflecting public opinion of our services
• Giving feedback on business plans, annual reports and other documents
• Participating in events, surveys, consultations and discussions about our services
• Voting in the Council of Governors elections who reflect members’ views to the Board
• Standing for election to the council of governors