New chairman and improvement director for health trust

Royal Lancaster Infirmary
Royal Lancaster Infirmary

The health trust that runs the Royal Lancaster Infirmary has appointed a new chairman.

Health watchdog Monitor has also brought in an improvement director to increase the standard of care that University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) provides.

Pearse Butler will take up his role as chairman of the trust by the end of the autumn, while Fiona Wise will take up the improvement director role on a part time basis.

Mr Butler, who has eighteen years’ experience as an NHS Chief Executive in a variety of organisations including Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital (Alder Hey), the former Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority, and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals, said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the role of chairman, at a time when the trust is clearly on a road to improvement, with so many exciting developments happening.

“The hospitals have had some well-documented problems, and the recent CQC report must have been very disappointing for everyone, but the way staff, governors and leaders have responded really is admirable and I look forward to working with them all.”

Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive UHMBT, said: “I am delighted to welcome Pearse to the trust, and look forward to his support as we continue to improve the quality of care and service we provide to patients and the way we work together across our hospitals and departments.

“I would like to thank John Hutton for his excellent work as interim Chair, championing our improvement work and bolstering staff during a difficult time for the trust.”

The trust said Mr Butler’s current work with the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) will help it continue to develop modern, digital systems that help ensure joined-up patient care across multiple NHS and social care organisations.

He also has a track record of developing a sustainable, loyal workforce through attracting and training young people: during his time at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen the Trust became one of the city’s largest employers of apprentices.

Fiona Wise is a former chief executive with over 40 years’ NHS experience.

Monitor put the trust in special measures in June 2014 and agreed a package of new regulatory measures aimed at improving care for patients.

As part of this, Fiona Wise will be employed by and accountable to Monitor. She will provide support and expertise, but also hold the trust to account.

Adam Cayley, Regional Director at Monitor, said: “This extra support will help the trust to make the improvements that are needed to ensure better care for patients in Morecambe Bay.

“Fiona has a wealth of NHS experience, particularly in helping organisations to improve the way they provide services to patients. She will help the trust to build on the progress that it has already made.

“We will continue to look closely at the trust’s progress and will take further action if necessary.”