Tracy Taylor, a nurse by background, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Ms Taylor, who has worked in the NHS for over 30 years, is currently chief executive of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
“I am confident that together we will create a very bright future for healthcare in Nottinghamshire”
Ms Taylor remains a registered nurse, health visitor and school nurse, and in her current role makes time each week to visit staff at frontline services.
She will take up her new post in Nottingham this autumn, with the exact date still to be confirmed by the trust.
She previously worked at Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust and before that was senior general manager for elderly medicine and emergency services at Good Hope Hospital Trust.
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is the UK’s fourth largest acute teaching trust and employs more than 15,000 staff.
The trust’s sites include Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham City Hospital and Ropewalk House.
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It was established on 1 April 2006, following the merger of Nottingham City Hospital and the Queen’s Medical Centre NHS Trusts.
However, Ms Taylor will join the trust at a time when it has warned its staff it faces one of its toughest years, with a major financial challenge.
It achieved its £22m control total deficit at the end of 2016-17 and achieved £41.5m of savings against a target of £45m. It has a three-year plan to return to financial balance.
In addition, a planned merger with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust collapsed last year and the Nottinghamshire sustainability and transformation plan includes the removal of 200 hospital beds within 18 months.
Meanwhile, as previously revealed by Nursing Times, it is in the process of seeking international recognition for its nursing care through a US scheme.
In February, it formally launched a bid to achieve Magnet status – awarded by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center, an affiliate of the American Nurses Association – by the end of 2019.
Speaking about her appointment, Ms Taylor said she was “both delighted and proud” at her new appointment.
“The trust has dedicated staff, delivering excellent care,” she said. “Through even closer working with our key system partners, I am confident that together we will create a very bright future for healthcare in Nottinghamshire.
“I look forward to joining the trust later in the year, meeting staff and system partners and leading NUH in its journey from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’,” she added, referring to the trust’s current Care Quality Commission rating and its ambitions for the future.
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She will replace the well-respected Peter Homa, who is retiring after 11 years as chief executive at the trust and 27 years in NHS leadership roles, including stints as head of two forerunners of the Care Quality Commission.
Trust chair Eric Morton said: “I am sorry that we will lose Peter’s superb leadership and in many cases unrivalled experience, though now we must build on that inheritance and look to the future.
“Tracy is a nationally-respected leader who has worked in the NHS for more than three decades,” he said.
He added: “Tracy has significant experience of mergers and partnerships and working effectively across system boundaries to integrate services for the benefit of patients.”