• New chief is former nurse and CEO of three years

The Royal United Hospitals Bath Foundation Trust has hired a new chief executive from a neighbouring acute provider. 

Cara Charles-Barks

Cara Charles-Barks

Cara Charles-Barks has been chief at £250m-turnover Salisbury Foundation Trust since January 2017, and seen it move from a Care Quality Commission “requires improvement” rating to “good”.

She will move to the Bath role in September, with deputy chief and finance director Libby Walters filling in as interim when James Scott retires at the end of March. The Bath FT’s turnover is about £350m.

Salisbury FT handled the Novichok poisoning incident in March 2018. 

The two trusts are in the same sustainability and transformation partnership.

RUH chair Alison Ryan said: “Cara embodies the RUH’s commitment to quality improvement and she has a strong sense of how our Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire integrated care system can evolve.”

Ms Charles-Banks previously held senior operational roles at North West Anglia FT and its predecessor Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust. She is a registered nurse and has worked in clinical and management roles in the NHS and in the Australian healthcare system. She was awarded an MBE in last year’s Queen’s birthday honours.

Salisbury FT has said it will begin a recruitment process immediately.