• Nigel Beverley to chair Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group
  • Comes ahead of merger of Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals FT and Southend University Hospital FT

A new chair has been appointed ahead of a planned three trust merger in the East of England.

Nigel Beverley

Nigel Beverley

Nigel Beverley will take up the role of chair of Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group, which will comprise of Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust and Southend University Hospital FT.

Initially, he will chair the group’s joint board before chairing the new organisation once the three trusts within the group merge.

The merger is planned for 1 April 2020, after a year-long delay caused by two local councils seeking a judicial review against the three trusts’ joint clinical reconfiguration plans. The judicial review failed in October 2019.

The councils’ challenge froze the group’s access to £118m of Treasury funding, which will be used to implement some of the clinical changes. This delayed the merger, as, without the changes, it was felt the benefits of the merger could not be realised.

Prior to his appointment, Mr Beverley had been chair of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals for four years. He was also interim chair of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust from July 2019 until Nicola Scrivings was appointed to the role substantively last month.

Mr Beverley said of his new appointment: “We are redesigning services to make sure they meet the needs of communities, and we know that will lead to real improvements in patient care. Bringing the three hospital trusts together will allow us to do more, and to do it quicker.”

Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group chief executive Clare Panniker said: “By joining our hospitals and services together we will become one of the largest trusts in the country. Nigel has the knowledge and experience to ensure that we use that opportunity to continue to improve the care we provide to our patients.”