More change at top for Southern Trust
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.