WORKFORCE: A former nursing director has been appointed chief executive designate of Plymouth Community Healthcare, the proposed social enterprise which will take on community and mental health services from NHS Plymouth

Steve Waite, who qualified as a general nurse in 1984 and has worked in a variety of clinical settings, specialising in care of the elderly, has held a number of senior management posts within acute, community and at health authority level.

He obtained an MSc in Healthcare at Exeter University and was formerly director of nursing and services for adults and older persons with NHS Plymouth, acting into the role of director of operations since 2005 before being formally appointed in January 2007. He has undertaken the role of deputy chief executive of NHS Plymouth prior to being appointed as chief operating officer. Steve spent a number of years within the Medical Branch of the Royal Navy Reserve alongside his NHS career.

Announcing the appointment Duncan Currall, chair designate for Plymouth Community Healthcare, said: “I am delighted to announce that Steve Waite has been selected into the new role of Chief Executive of the proposed Plymouth Community Healthcare Community Interest Company. We were extremely fortunate to have had a very strong field of candidates apply for this position from which the selection board decided unanimously that Steve was the right candidate.”

The new organisation, created as a result of the trasnfroming community services programme, is expecting to receive formal approval.

Mr Waite said: “I am delighted to have been selected to take forward the leadership for Plymouth Community Healthcare. We have a number of challenges facing us over the coming months, however I am confident that we have a very skilled and professional workforce who will ensure that we will continue to deliver high quality care and support to our communities. It is a real privilege to work with individuals and teams who ensure that the delivery of quality services is given the highest of priorities.”