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Top nurse chief executive to run two Birmingham trusts

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Dame Julie Moore, a nurse and the chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, is to take over the leadership of its troubled neighbour Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.

Bringing the leadership of the two organisations together would link five acute hospitals with a combined turnover of £1.4bn. However, they will retain separate boards and will not merge.

Heart of England’s current chair Les Lawrence will step down at the end of November, after less than 18 months in post.

“The trust must be in a position where it can provide the services that patients need for years to come”

David Bennett

Monitor has said Dame Julie has been brought in on an “interim” basis, but no end date has been given for her appointment.

The move comes a year after Heart of England’s last permanent chief executive, Mark Newbold, resigned. Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust chief executive Andrew Foster served as interim chief for much of this year, but has not been appointed on a permanent basis.

Earlier this month Heart of England’s plan to hire a substantive chief executive had been halted after Monitor began an investigation into its finances.

Monitor announced today that the investigation found Heart of England was in breach of its licence to provide NHS services.

A statement issued by the regulator yesterday afternoon said Dame Julie would spend the “vast majority” of her time at Heart of England.

Monitor said the proposal was currently “with the board of Heart of England”, and will be considered for final approval by its provider regulation executive later this week.

Monitor chief executive David Bennett said: “The financial position of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust must be fixed. The trust must be in a position where it can provide the services that patients need for years to come.”

He added that he hoped that bringing in an experienced NHS leader will help the trust “transform itself into one that consistently gives the quality of care patients expect and lives within its budget”.

Although both FTs are currently in deficit, Heart of England’s position has deteriorated rapidly during 2015-16.

 

Facts about both FTs

Heart of England

  • Turnover 2014-15: £647.6m
  • Specialised services income: £105m
  • Hospitals: Heartlands, Bordsley Green; Good Hope, Sutton Coldfield; Solihull, Solihull; and Birmingham Chest Clinic, Birmingham
  • Forecast deficit at Q1: £5.6m
  • Actual deficit at month five: £29.5m
  • CQC rating: “Requires improvement”
  • Employees at Q1: 9,074

University Hospitals Birmingham

  • Turnover 2014-15: £743.1m
  • Specialised services income: £327.7m
  • Hospitals: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston
  • Forecast deficit at Q1: £23.7m
  • Actual deficit at month three: £6.4m
  • CQC rating: “Good”
  • Employees at Q1: 7,818

Updated: This story was updated at 4.30pm on 20 October to include information supplied by Monitor.

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  • Well well to all those people that knock the "for profit sector" this is what happens (and worse) if we make losses.
    Welcome to the real world.

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  • However, Anonymous 11.24, as the Circle experience at Hinchingbrooke showed, sometimes even private organisations struggle to cope in an increasingly hostile environment for NHS service provision. I guess in both cases the question is whether what is needed can be provided within the allocated resource and if it is inadequate how do we solve that (when providing less or paying more are not acceptable solutions)

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  • Refer the matter to "Safeguarding"was a solution suggested to me lately, this could apply to funding by LAs & and CCGs couldn't it?

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