A former nurse has been appointed as Wirral Community NHS Trust’s new chief executive.
Karen Howell is currently managing director for specialised and tertiary commissioning for NHS Wales and has also been interim chief executive of Hywel Dda University Health Board.
She grew up in Wirral and trained and worked there as a nurse in her early career. Ms Howell, who will take up the Wirral post later in the summer, said she was “delighted to be returning to my roots”.
She noted that the trust had “gone from strength to strength” over the last few years, with all of its services rated as “good” or “outstanding” in a recent Care Quality Commission inspection.
She also highlighted the trust’s current progress towards attaining foundation trust status.
“It is an exciting time for the trust, as it embarks on the final stages of its foundation trust journey, and embraces the challenges that lie ahead,” she said. “I look forward to joining my new colleagues in August.”
Trust chair Frances Street said: “We are delighted to welcome Karen to the trust. She brings a wealth of experience across community, mental health and commissioning organisations.
“Karen will be a great leader as we move towards becoming a foundation trust and face the future challenges within health and social care.”