WORKFORCE: Barts Health Trust has had a new chair appointed by the NHS Trust Development Authority.

John Bacon will take up the post on 1 August.

John Bacon

John Bacon was previously chair of Sussex Partnership FT

He is currently chair of Community Health Partnerships, a private company owned by the Department of Health which works with the NHS to use the community estate more efficiently.

He was previously chair of Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust for seven years and was director of service delivery at the DH for three years.

Mr Bacon said: “I am very grateful for the opportunity to chair Barts Health. I have a long association with the hospitals within the trust and I look forward to working with my new colleagues, partners and the local community to provide the best possible healthcare for the people of east London.”

Alwen Williams, the trust’s interim chief executive, said: “I am delighted that John is taking on this key leadership role for Barts Health at a time when we are at the start of our improvement plan journey. John brings a wealth of experience from his career across the NHS and I look forward to working closely with him to lead change and improvements in patient care and experience across all our hospitals and services.

“I would also like to thank Philip Wright for taking on the role of acting chair over the past four months.”

Peter Blythin, a director at the TDA said: “Barts Health is facing some of the biggest challenges in the NHS and strong, capable leadership is crucial in improving both the quality of care that the trust provides and the long term sustainability of the organisation. I am confident [John] will be able to rapidly focus on overseeing the important improvement work going forward.”

The trust has seen a number of leadership changes this year. The trust’s previous chair, Sir Stephen O’Brien, left in March, shortly after chief executive Peter Morris and chief nurse Kay Riley resigned. Medical director Steve Ryan is leaving the trust this month.