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NUH’s new boss

Tracy Taylor – who has been named in HSJ’s annual top chief executives list four times – has been appointed as the new chief executive of one of the country’s largest teaching hospitals.

Ms Taylor, who started her career as a nurse, will take over at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust from Peter Homa, who is set to retire later this year after 11 years leading the trust. NUH employs more than 15,000 staff and has an annual turnover of more than £900m.

As current chief executive of Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust and Black Country Partnership FT, Ms Taylor was expected to lead the trusts into a merger with Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust later this year.

She will take up the role at NUH in the autumn with the exact date to be confirmed.

She joins NUH at a time when the trust has warned its staff it faces one of its toughest years, with a major financial challenge. The trust achieved its £22m control total deficit at the end of 2016-17 and achieved £41.5m of savings against a target of £45m. It has a three year plan to return to financial balance.

CCG pay warning

NHS bosses awarded themselves “significantly higher” pay levels than their peers, while breaching governance rules in the process.

It doesn’t sound good, and there will be some uncomfortably red faces at Liverpool CCG this week.

The full findings of an NHS England review of the CCG’s pay structure has now been published, after the resignation of deputy lay chair Maureen Williams last month in response to the initial findings.

The full report says governing body members’ pay in 2015-16 was “significantly higher than a peer group of 10 other CCGs”, and independent consultants will now carry out a further review which should determine the appropriate salaries.

Liverpool CCG isn’t the only organisation in the city that seems to have a problem with following the correct governance procedures when it comes to board level pay.

In 2014, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust ignored its own legal advice by issuing unauthorised payments to its chair and non-executive directors. Most of the money was repaid, but two NEDs refused.