Proud health boss stands down

Head of Bucks trust mov­ing to new NHS de­vel­op­ment role

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE chief ex­ec­u­tive of a trust, which came out of spe­cial mea­sures last year, is quit­ting for another NHS role.

Anne Eden took on the a £160,000 a year po­si­tion as head of the Bucks Health­care NHS Trust, in 2006. In July 2013 the trust was put in spe­cial mea­sures after a re­port high­lighted con­cerns across the trust’s man­age­ment, poor staffing lev­els, low morale, a cul­ture of blame, and high pa­tient com­plaints.

It was taken out of spe­cial mea­sures in July last year.

Ms Eden will join the NHS Trust De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity from April 1 as di­rec­tor of de­liv­ery and de­vel­op­ment for the south of Eng­land.

Ms Eden (pic­tured right) said: “It will be a huge wrench to leave Buck­ing­hamshire, but I feel priv­i­leged to ac­cept this role and the op­por­tu­nity to gain a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive of the NHS at a na­tional level and to share my own learn­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence is one that I could not let pass me by.

“I am so proud of the staff and all that they have achieved. They have made the Trust a strong, re­silient or­gan­i­sa­tion and I am con­fi­dent that it will go from strength to strength.

“I will con­tinue to live in the area, so they will never be far from my thoughts.”

Trust chair Hat­tie Llewellyn-Davies said: “On be­half of the board I would like to thank Anne for her fo­cus and com­mit­ment to the staff and pa­tients at Buck­ing­hamshire Health­care over the past eight years.

“She has trans­formed the or­gan­i­sa­tion and en­sured that de­liv­er­ing safe and com­pas­sion­ate care is cen­tral to the way we work.

“Anne has been in­te­gral in es­tab­lish­ing a new board over the past year and we have a clear strat­egy with our lo­cal part­ners for the fu­ture.”

Neil Dardis, the trust’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive, will be­come in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive from April 1.

Sir Peter Carr, chair­man at the NHS Trust De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity said: “I am de­lighted that Anne has de­cided to join our board.

“She brings with her a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence as the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Buck­ing­hamshire Health­care NHS Trust.

“Dur­ing her time at the Trust, she has over­seen sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in the qual­ity of care pro­vided to pa­tients and in 2014 led them out of spe­cial mea­sures.

“I am con­fi­dent that she will be a real as­set to all the NHS Trusts in the South as they work to­wards a sus­tain­able, high qual­ity fu­ture.”

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