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Mental health nurse appointed new chief exec of Dorset trust

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A registered mental health nurse has been appointed as the next chief executive of Dorset HealthCare University Foundation NHS Trust.

Eugine Yafele, who is currently the trust’s deputy chief executive will take on the new role in early 2019.

“I have every confidence that Eugine is the right person for Dorset HealthCare”

Andy Willis

He has previously held a number of senior NHS posts, including head of mental health in Northamptonshire and deputy chief nurse at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

His promotion follows the departure of current chief executive Ron Shields, who announced his retirement in October after five years at the trust and 38 years in the NHS overall.

Mr Yafele said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed chief executive of Dorset HealthCare.

“The improvements in quality and patient experience that have been made in recent years are down to the hard work and commitment of our staff, who have continually shown their passion to get the very best for the people we serve,” he said.

“With the significant support of our council of governors and board of directors, and by working closely with our partners, I am confident that Dorset HealthCare will continue on the journey to excellence and deliver personalised and integrated care to the people of Dorset,” he added.

Andy Willis, chair of Dorset HealthCare, said: “Eugine is a highly experienced leader with a wealth of experience since he started his NHS career as a nurse in London and has had a key role in the significant improvements made at Dorset HealthCare since he joined in 2014.

“Throughout our rigorous selection process, including an extensive UK and international candidate search, Eugine demonstrated that he has the experience, values and commitment to continue our journey to becoming an outstanding provider of NHS services,” he said.

Mr Willis added: “I have every confidence that Eugine is the right person for Dorset HealthCare and will be an excellent chief executive.”

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