WORKFORCE: Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital has appointed Simon Wright as its new chief executive.

Mr Wright will join the trust from Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust, where he is currently deputy chief executive and chief operating officer.

He will take over from Peter Herring, who will retire at the end of July after nearly three years leading the Shropshire trust.

Warrington Hospital

Simon Wright has been deputy chief executive at Warrington and Halton Hospitals FT

Mr Wright said: “I will be joining the trust this summer and really look forward to playing such a vital role for the health and wellbeing of patients and communities across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and mid Wales.”

Mr Herring, who announced his intention to stand down in February, said the trust had made a “great appointment” and he was “looking forward to the opportunity over the coming months to work with him to hand over this role”.

He added: “I would really like to thank the many patients, staff and partners who were involved in this intensive recruitment process; which involved tours, stakeholder panels and values based interviews to provide candidates with an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of this organisation and our communities, and vice versa.”

Mr Wright has worked in the NHS since 1997, having previously worked in the independent health sector for nine years.

One of the major challenges in his new role is likely to be responding to the “Future Fit” programme – a long anticipated and controversial shake-up of acute services across Shropshire which is expected to be revealed and consulted on later this year.

The programme could see services moving between the trust’s two main sites, Princess Royal Hospital and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, or the creation of a new site.