Hospital chief to leave

Bridlington Hospital'Visit by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley'PA1050-15w'Richard Sunley
Bridlington Hospital'Visit by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley'PA1050-15w'Richard Sunley

BRIDLINGTON Hospital boss Richard Sunley is leaving to take up a new job with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

The news comes as Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust moves closer to a merger with York.

Mr Sunley’s last day as chief executive is March 7 when he will be replaced by Mike Proctor, deputy chief executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who will become acting chief executive.

Mr Sunley said: “The focus has now got to be on leading this trust into a formal partnership with York, with the aim of delivering a comprehensive set of high quality services for patients.

“I passionately believe that this is the best way forward for this organisation.”

His successor Mr Proctor said: “In recent months the respective teams from York and Scarborough hospital trusts have developed excellent working relationships.

“I look forward to hearing from staff in all disciplines and the patients and public of Bridlington, Scarborough, Whitby, and Ryedale to understand their ambitions and fears about this growing partnership.

“There is much to do, but I am confident we can improve quality of care for all our patients.”

Mr Sunley, became chief executive at Scarborough on March 1 2009 after being director of operations at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

He replaced interim boss Christine Green, as the fifth chief executive at Scarborough in seven years.

During his term of office the Scarborough Trust received damming reports from the Care Quality Commission and Dr Foster guide but a number of improvements followed as did commendable follow-up reports from both organisations.

Scarborough Trust chairman, Sir Michael Carlisle, said: “As chief executive Richard has seen the trust improve its performance both clinically and financially. Not only have we achieved financial balance in the last two years, but we have improved our overall performance within the NHS performance ratings.”

Sir Michael also referred to improved mortality and infection rates and new facilities which had opened including a new 28-bed ward and a state-of-the-art midwifery-led-unit.”

Patrick Crowley, chief executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, described the change as “a significant step towards becoming one organisation.”

“We will be attending a number of public meetings over the coming months and are looking forward to the opportunity to hear people’s views and begin to share our plans for the future.

Last November the Scarborough trust approached York about the possibility of forming a partnership, as it was considered unlikely that Scarborough would meet Government requirements on its own.

York has now formally accepted the request and negotiations about how the link-up will work are ongoing.

Scarborough trust has appointed an interim director of nursing, Nicki McNaney, whilst current director of nursing Teresa Fenech takes up a new role as integration lead.

Ms Fenech will be working with both Scarborough and York trusts to head up the partnership project.