WORKFORCE: John Rostill OBE, who leads Worcester Acute hospitals NHS Trust, announced he will be stepping down at the end of July.

The veteran manager is stepping down after 47 years in the NHS.

The trust recently received a poor inspection result from the Care Quality Commission, although the trust’s chair Harry Turner denied there was any connection between that and Mr Rostill’s retirement.

Mr Turner said: “John has been considering his retirement plans for some time and these considerations have been guided by the various stages of our application to be a Foundation Trust.

“Given our decision at the end of last week to further delay our Foundation Trust bid reactivation until April 2012, John has decided that now is the right time for him to announce his retirement.

“We know that this will inevitably be linked to the recent CQC report but I would like to put on record that this has not been the catalyst for John’s decision.”

The trust board will be starting the recruitment process for a new chief executive in the next few weeks.

Mr Turner added: “John has made a tremendous contribution to the health economy both in Worcestershire and across the West Midlands during the 47 years he has worked for the NHS, and this was formally recognised when he was awarded an OBE for dedicated service to the NHS in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.

“Notably, in Worcestershire, John has been instrumental in the transformation of E Block at Kidderminster Hospital into the successful Treatment Centre, an ongoing programme of developments at the Alexandra Hospital including the MRI unit, orthopaedic and multi-disciplinary education centres, and, most recently, pushing for a state of the art radiotherapy facility for county patients which will be built at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.”

“We wish him all the best in his retirement.”