North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Julie Gillon as its chief executive.
Ms Gillon, who started her NHS career as a nurse, is described as having a “wealth of experience” in a number of areas including clinical services strategic development and service transformation.
“I am passionate about providing the very best care to our patients”
She joined the trust in 2002 and has been interim chief executive over the last year. She previously held the title of chief operating officer/deputy chief executive.
Ms Gillon entered the nursing profession as a trainee at 18 before qualifying as a registered nurse, then holding several senior posts including senior nurse, directly accountable to the director of nursing and quality.
Her experience within the nursing sector was across the spectrum of medicine, surgery and critical care. She has a Diploma in Nursing and BSc in Nursing.
Ms Gillon said: “I am looking forward to continuing the work I have been leading on over the last 12 months.
“As an organisation we are committed to making the journey from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’,” she said in reference to the trust’s current Care Quality Commission rating.
She added: “There is a recognition that the NHS needs to work differently by providing more care in the community and working collaboratively with neighbouring organisations.
“I am passionate about providing the very best care to our patients and am looking forward to continuing this work,” said Ms Gillon.
The change follows the secondment of previous chief executive Alan Foster to lead a regional programme to transform healthcare.
Over the last year, Mr Foster has held the role of accountable officer at the trust, but will now focus solely on his role in the so-called Integrated Care System programme.
The trust’s chair, Paul Garvin, said: “After due consideration, Alan has announced that he will be standing down from his position with the trust in order to focus his attention fully on the system leadership for the Integrated Care System.
“We must now focus on the complexity of the challenges facing us over the coming years and the need to have permanency and certainty at a senior level as we move forward,” he said.
He added: “Julie has been undertaking the role on an interim basis and during this time has led the organisation to achievement of ‘good’ with the Care Quality Commission, been instrumental in driving improvement in financial performance and maintained high levels of operational performance, which has been recognised nationally.”