More change at top for South­ern Trust

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Nijobfinder - BY RYAN MCALEER

THE South­ern Trust is seek­ing a new med­i­cal di­rec­tor — one of five se­nior ex­ec­u­tive ap­point­ments due to be made at the health body in re­sponse to a num­ber of re­tire­ments.

The health and so­cial care trust re­cently wel­comed the for­mer North­ern Ire­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice chief ex­ec­u­tive Shane Devlin into the role of per­ma­nent chief ex­ec­u­tive in March.

He is due to lead a sig­nif­i­cantly changed team of di­rec­tors over the com­ing months.

The first to go will be Dr Richard Wright, who has held the post of med­i­cal di­rec­tor for three years.

Dr Wright is due to step down at the end of Au­gust.

His re­place­ment will be re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing as­sur­ance to the trust board that ef­fec­tive sys­tems and pro­cesses for good gov­er­nance, in­clud­ing ar­range­ments to sup­port good med­i­cal prac­tice, are in place.

Speak­ing to the Belfast Tele­graph, Dr Wright de­scribed the op­por­tu­nity as “very ex­cit­ing, very chal­leng­ing and very re­ward­ing”.

The out­go­ing med­i­cal di­rec­tor said his re­place­ment would be re­spon­si­ble for im­ple­ment­ing the new pathfinder project at the Daisy Hill Hos­pi­tal in Newry.

He said the on­go­ing trans­for­ma­tion at South­ern Trust means the health sector is at “an ex­cit­ing stage”, how­ever he ad­mit­ted it will not be with­out its chal­lenges.

“You’re at the cut­ting edge of things. I will per­son­ally miss the in­ter­ac­tions with the pa­tients and the staff,” he said.

Dr Wright did not rule out con­tin­u­ing some kind of clin­i­cal role in fu­ture.

It’s un­der­stood that the South­ern Trust will also soon be seek­ing new di­rec­tors for fi­nance, nurs­ing and older peo­ple’s ser­vices.

It is ac­tively seek­ing a new as­so­ciate med­i­cal di­rec­tor.

Mean­while else­where in the health sector, the North­ern Trust is seek­ing a con­sul­tant otorhi­no­laryn­gol­ogy sur­geon, while the Oaks Fam­ily Prac­tice in Cook­stown is seek­ing a new GP.

A re­cruit­ment drive is also un­der way at Ul­ster Univer­sity, which is seek­ing a new strate­gic pol­icy and le­gal man­ager for the Of­fice of the Univer­sity Sec­re­tary at the Col­eraine Campus.

The role, which at­tracts a salary of be­tween £41,211 and £49,177, will see the post-holder as­sist the univer­sity sec­re­tary in lead­ing and co-or­di­nat­ing the pro­vi­sion of le­gal ad­vice to the in­sti­tu­tion.

It’s a fixed term job end­ing on Fe­bru­ary 28, 2019.

Three new posts are also avail­able at Ul­ster Univer­sity’s Jor­danstown campus.

They in­clude an aca­demic ex­cel­lence ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant at the Fac­ulty of Com­put­ing, En­gi­neer­ing and the Built En­vi­ron­ment, a re­search as­so­ciate for the ‘Cross­ing Bor­ders, Break­ing Bound­aries’ project and a sup­port as­sis­tant at the Belfast School of Ar­chi­tec­ture and the Built En­vi­ron­ment.

In other ap­point­ments, the North­ern Ire­land Polic­ing Board is re­cruit­ing a new com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer at Water­side Tower in Claren­don Dock, Belfast.

The po­si­tion has a salary of up to £27,500.

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