• Queen Elizabeth Hospital appoints senior Nottingham University Hospital leader as new chief
  • Nottingham deputy chief Caroline Shaw will replace Jon Green, who stood down earlier this month
  • Troubled trust is in special measures and faces huge workforce and capacity problems

Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust has appointed a senior Nottingham University Hospital Trust board member as its new chief executive.

Nottingham deputy chief Caroline Shaw will take up her new role at the struggling rural district general hospital on 14 January following Jon Green standing down from the role earlier this month.

Ms Shaw will face a hugely challenging task. QEHKL was placed back in special measures in September, while system leaders are expecting the Norfolk health economy to be a “major problem” over winter.

The hospital’s leadership also sparked controversy last month when it floated plans to send its cancer patients to a Norwich hospital 40 miles away for elective procedures in a bid to address its staffing and capacity problems.

In a statement announcing Ms Shaw’s appointment, trust chair Steve Barnett said: “We are delighted with this appointment. We are very fortunate to have attracted someone of Caroline’s calibre to take our organisation forward. Caroline has a proven track record of continuously improving organisations and getting results.

 

“She is passionate about transformation and has an unwavering focus on improving patient and staff experience.”

A trust statement added: “[Ms Shaw] started her NHS career as a nurse before moving into midwifery and has more than three decades’ NHS and leadership experience working at trusts around the country, including Leicester, Nottingham and Manchester.”

The Care Quality Commission’s decision to rate the trust “inadequate” in September prompted chair Edward Libbey to step down. He said in his resignation statement the trust needed “a change in board leadership [and] significant cultural change”.

The £182m-turnover trust was first placed into special measures in October 2013, but was taken out in summer 2015 after the CQC upgraded its rating from “inadequate” to “requires improvement” following an inspection.

The trust said it “fully accepted” the CQC’s latest findings, which rated it “inadequate” in the safe and well-led categories, “requires improvement” for effectiveness and “good” for caring.

Mr Green, who was appointed chief in February 2017, has been seconded to neighbouring Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals FT.