• Medway Foundation Trust appoints new chief executive
  • James Devine had been acting chief executive since November
  • Was previously director of HR and organisational development

Medway Foundation Trust has announced it has appointed its interim chief executive to the role permanently. 

James Devine will now lead the Kent trust. Mr Devine has been acting chief executive since November after the departure of Lesley Dwyer, who had been in post for four years.

He joined the trust in October 2016 as director of human resources and organisational development.

Trust chair Stephen Clark said: “James has the leadership skills and deep understanding of the healthcare environment – with all its challenges and opportunities – that we need to take the trust onto the next stage of transformation.”

Medway, which is currently rated as “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission, was one of the first trusts to be placed in special measures in 2013. It left the regime in 2017.  Its moving out of special measures was heralded by then health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who praised staff for the “substantial improvements”.

It still has subtantial financial problems, however, and was forecasting a £46m deficit for the end of 2018-19, about 17 per cent of its turnover of about £270m.