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South East Essex group of trusts appoints full ‘joint executive’ team

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Three Essex trusts that are setting up a new “group” model to run their three hospitals have finalised their new “joint executive” team, including nurse leadership.

The team will is made up of executives from all three trusts – Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust.


Diane Sarker

Under the plans, Diane Sarker, director of nursing at Basildon and Thurrock, will also cover the role at Southend and Mid Essex.

As previously revealed, Clare Panniker will be chief executive of all three of the South East Essex trusts. At Southend, Ms Panniker has replaced Sue Hardy, a former nurse credied with pioneering the development of local nursing indicators and “nursing dashboards”.

Meanwhile, Yvonne Blücher, who was previously chief nurse at Southend, has now stepped into the newly-created role of managing director. She will lead one of three “site senior leadership teams” for each trust to manage their day-to-day needs.

Cathy Geddes, chief nurse at Mid Essex, has been recently credited with turning round the trust’s culture and, as a result, Care Quality Commission rating. 

She will be leaving the trust in early February to take up the post of improvement director with the CQC’s fellow regulator NHS Improvement.

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  • Sounds scary to me. Making empires, waiting to be broken.fingers crossed it works as planned.

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