NHS trust ap­points new head of fi­nance

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Roundabout - By Ai­dan Bar­low

A health trust has ap­pointed a new fi­nance chief.

Phil Cave will take on the post of di­rec­tor of fi­nance and per­for­mance at the East Kent NHS Trust (EKHUFT) which runs hos­pi­tals in­clud­ing the Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal i n Ash­ford.

The 40-year-old from Hythe was ap­pointed af­ter a lengthy in­ter­view and ap­point­ment process.

He will be tak­ing on his du­ties from Nick Ger­rard, who is stepping down from a full­time post af­ter 34 years in the Na­tional Health Ser­vice.

Mr Ger­rard has been in the po­si­tion since May 2015, when he was brought in to tackle the trust’s deficit at a time when it was strug­gling in spe­cial mea­sures.

The d e f i c i t was re­duced by £14m in this fi­nan­cial year, and Mr Ger­rard has also set up a £32m sav­ings pro­gramme for the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year.

The t r ust’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Matthew Ker­shaw said: “Nick will be a tough act to fol­low. He has helped de­liver im­prove­ments to pa­tient care which re­sulted in the trust be­ing taken out of spe­cial mea­sures in March this year.

“I am de­lighted that we have been able to at­tract a strong field of can­di­dates. We were im­pressed with Phil’s pas­sion for pa­tient care, fo­cus on im­prov- ing qual­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence across a wide range of NHS ser­vices, in­clud­ing in the acute sec­tor.”

Mr Cave has pre­vi­ously worked as the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of fi­nance and per­for­mance at Cam­bridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Trust and also worked with the South East London Group of Hos­pi­tals.

He is now deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive and fi­nance di­rec­tor at Kent and Med­way So­cial Care and NHS Part­ner­ship Trust and is the lead fi­nance di­rec­tor for the Kent and Med­way Sus­tain­abil­ity and Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gramme.

Mr Ker­shaw hopes this knowl­edge of the NHS in Kent will hold Mr Cave in good stead. He said: “Phil’s lo­cal knowl­edge of the NHS across east Kent, as well as Kent and Med­way and his fi­nan­cial and wider health ser­vice knowl­edge, will en­able us to build on the im­prove­ments we have made and move for­ward at pace with our trans­for­ma­tion jour­ney.”

He will be­gin work in the au­tumn. Agnes Fell asleep on 3rd July 2017. Wife to Chris, mother of Alan, Char­lotte, Thomas and Ka­tri­ona, grand­mother of 9 and great grand­mother of 20. Will be sadly missed. The fu­neral will to take place on 28th July 12pm at the Bap­tist Church, Hythe Road to fol­low 1.20pm at Char­ing Cre­ma­to­rium.

Pic­ture: Alan Lan­g­ley FM4469588

Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal

Pic­ture: East Kent NHS Trust

Phil Cave

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