WORKFORCE: Penny Venables has been appointed to lead the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals, replacing John Rostill who has retired.

Ms Venables, who is currently chief executive of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham, will join Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust as chief executive in the new year.

She has held a variety of senior NHS posts over the past ten years, including chief operating officer at Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust and director of operations at Birmingham Women’s Healthcare Trust. She led the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital’s Foundation Trust application to successful authorisation.

Harry Turner, chair of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust, said: “Our top priority was to find an inspirational leader who will take the Trust successfully into the future whilst ensuring the safest and highest quality services for our patients.

“Penny impressed the panel with her open and values driven leadership style, her determined focus on patient safety and patient experience, and her commitment to engaging staff and stakeholders in the work of the Trust.

“Penny’s appointment marks the start of an exciting new era – both for the trust, and the people of Worcestershire.

“The challenges facing the NHS locally and nationally are significant but I am confident that Penny will bring a new level of leadership to the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals and enable us to move forward and, working closely with our commissioners, clinicians, patients and other stakeholders, find clinically driven and innovative solutions that will benefit patient care.”

Penny said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust. The safety and quality of the services provided from the county’s three acute hospitals are very important to me as I have family within the county who use the services at each of the sites.

“It is a very challenging but exciting time to be joining the trust am looking forward to meeting and working with colleagues both within the trust and across Worcestershire to develop services for the benefit of patients.”