• Director of nursing, midwifery and quality at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust to leave for new job
  • Her departure comes amid independent investigation into more than 200 cases of potentially poor maternity care

The director of nursing and midwifery at a trust undergoing an investigation into its maternity services is set to leave for a new job, HSJ has learned. 

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Deirdre Fowler, director of nursing, midwifery and quality at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, leaves as an independent inquiry examines more than 200 cases of potentially poor maternity care.

However, the trust said her departure is not linked to the investigation, and she is leaving to take up a new position and to be closer to her family. 

Ms Fowler was appointed in May 2017.

Last week, HSJ reported that NHS Improvement had written to the chair of SATH, Ben Reid, to raise concerns that a presentation given at a public board meeting provided an inaccurate picture of the service’s maternity mortality rates.

According to the most recent data, the trust has been an outlier for perinatal mortality for several years.

In November last year, the trust was placed into special measures after being rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission.

The CQC’s report raised multiple concerns about the trust’s leadership overall and rated it “inadequate” for leadership. The regulator also rated the provider “inadequate” for its maternity and gynaecology services. 

In a statement issued yesterday the trust said Ms Fowler is leaving to take up a new post at Bedford Hospital Trust.

Ms Fowler said:  “I have very much enjoyed my time at SaTH and would like to thank everybody for the support they have given me in my time here. I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t witness, or hear of, something that makes me proud of the tremendous work our teams do every day to provide the best care possible in what can be very difficult circumstances.

“It will be hard to leave those teams, but I am looking forward to a new challenge with the added attraction that I will be based closer to home. The exact date I will be leaving has not yet been finalised as I want to ensure that I leave at a time which suits all parties involved.

This story was updated at 10:06 to reflect a statement from the trust sent after publication.