• Former University Hospitals Birmingham chief executive to join Worcestershire Acute as associate non-executive
  • Joins another recent high profile appointment, chair Sir David Nicholson.
  • Trust faces severe quality and financial challenges

Dame Julie Moore is moving from the helm of one of the biggest trusts in the country to helping govern one of its troubled neighbours.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust has announced that Dame Julie, whose last day as University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust chief executive is tomorrow, would join as an associate non-executive director from 1 October.

Dame Julie is the second high profile appointment at the hospital trust in recent months, with former NHS England chief executive Sir David Nicholson joining as chair in May.

Under Dame Julie’s leadership, University Hospitals Birmingham FT became one of the largest trusts in the country after merging with its neighbour, Heart of England FT, in April. She was also lead for Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

Worcestershire Acute is in quality special measures and is rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission. 

The trust also reported a £52.9m deficit for 2017-18, £22.9m adverse to plan. It was also among the bottom 10 trusts in the country for 12 hour breaches and against the four hour accident and emergency target for type-1 attendances.

Sir David said: ”I have known and admired Dame Julie for much of her incredibly successful career in the NHS. Her retirement from UHB was the perfect opportunity for us to invite her to bring to our trust her skills, knowledge, experience and above all her passion for making sure patients get the best possible care.

“She joins us at an exciting and challenging time and I know she will make a huge contribution to our board.”

Dame Julie said: ”This is a wonderful opportunity for me to take on a new role in the NHS. My priority as always will be on supporting and encouraging staff to provide patient care which is of the very highest quality.”

Dame Julie’s appointment will be for an initial six months, and she will be paid £6,147 pro rata.