The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust has appointed former nurse Diane Wake as its new chief executive.
Ms Wake, currently chief executive of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, will replace Dudley’s long-standing chief executive Paula Clarke, who joined University Hospitals of North Midlands earlier this year.
“We will ensure that hospital services continue to perform among the best in the country”
Ms Wake will join the trust in April 2017, as Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group looks to create a new multi-specialty community provider (MCP) for the area.
The MCP will be in place by April 2018 and is expected to include the local metropolitan borough council’s net adult social care budget for the CCG’s area.
Ms Wake carried out a pre-nursing course at Barnsley College, where she undertook some placements at Barnsley Hospital. Following that, between 1984 and 1987, she trained to be a registered nurse at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
After qualifying, she quickly rose through the ranks to become a staff nurse and then matron in surgical specialties, according to a trust statement.
She then joined Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust as deputy director of nursing, before taking on roles as chief executive first at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust and then Barnsley Hospital.
She said: “Working with GPs and other local providers to develop the MCP services will result in ground breaking changes to the way services are accessed and co-ordinated for patients and their families.
“At the same time, together with my executive team, we will ensure that hospital services continue to perform among the best in the country, and are sustainable longer term,” she added.
Trust chair Jenni Ord said: “A nurse by background, Diane has been chief executive of Barnsley Hospital since 2013. Diane has extensive experience in both clinical and leadership roles.”