WORKFORCE: The chair of East Sussex Healthcare Trust has resigned with immediate effect following a critical report from the Care Quality Commission which led to the trust being placed in special measures.
Stuart Welling had been due to finish his four year tenure at the trust in July but decided to stay on until a new chair was appointed “to give continuity and stability to the organisation’s leadership”, a trust spokesman said.
However, Mr Welling announced his resignation yesterday. The NHS Trust Development Authority has not yet appointed a new chair.
- The spokesman said Mr Welling “now believes it is time for the trust to have fresh leadership in place”.
- Non-executive director Sue Bernhauser will be acting chair until a permanent replacement is found.
- In its report, published last week, the CQC found that staff were “afraid to speak out” and there was a “void” between the “board perception [and] reality of working at the trust”.
- Local councillors made a vote of “no confidence” in the trust’s leadership in May.
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- Chief executive Darren Grayson resigned in July.
- A TDA spokesman said: “Stuart Welling has notified us of his intention to step down. The process to recruit a new permanent chair has already begun. We are working with the trust to establish interim arrangements and will make an announcement shortly.”
- Mr Welling said: “East Sussex Healthcare Trust does great work. We treat and see over 1.1 million people each year. Working with colleagues across the NHS and social care we play a pivotal role in enhancing and supporting the health of people across East Sussex.
- “We don’t ever forget how valuable and valued this role is, and I feel enormously privileged to have worked with my 7,000 colleagues at the trust, and those outside it, to improve healthcare for local people. Yes, we still have improvements to make, but there is a strong determination within the trust to focus with pace and purpose on delivering excellent care for our patients.”
Trust press release
29 September 2015