Shock as Princess Alexandra boss quits

Politics / Mon 3rd Feb 2014 at 10:40am

PRINCESS ALEXANDRA boss, Melanie Walker has been appointed Chief Executive of the Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

Melanie said, “There are very few jobs I would leave PAH for but this is one.” She said the effort that had been put in by everyone across the Trust during her time as Chief Executive at PAH was astounding.

“I know I will be leaving PAH in a much stronger position than when I arrived particularly with the strength in depth of leadership we now have. That was proved with the incredible 19 nominations for the East of England NHS Leadership Excellence Awards this year – more than any other Trust.”

Melanie said that until she moved on to her new job at the end of March there was a lot of important work to complete, not least seeing the Trust through the winter pressures and continued improvement in safety and quality.

“It will be business as usual, particularly continuing our progress in improving patient care.”

Melanie said the overall improvement of the Trust during her time as Chief Executive had been due to an incredible team effort and everyone would carry on the good work. I am proud of the PAH staff, it is their commitment to improving services for patients that is the Trust’s real strength”

Trust Chairman, Douglas Smallwood, said the Board was totally committed to ensuring the continued progress of PAH and added,: “We are tremendously sorry to see Melanie go, she has been an inspiration to us all and a great person to work alongside. There will be plenty of opportunity to say proper farewells but I totally share her belief that the Trust is now in a much stronger place. We all wish Melanie and her family all the best with the move.”

The Chief Executive post has been advertised nationally in Health Service journals and a recruitment agency is helping the search for outstanding candidates for interview. The new Chief Executive has to lead and continue the rapid advances achieved by PAH over the last two years.

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