Trou­bled health trust appoints new boss, but she won’t be stay­ing long

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page -

The be­lea­guered East Kent Hos­pi­tals Univer­sity NHS Foun­da­tion Trust has a new boss – but she will only be in the role un­til early next year.

Health bosses were forced to look for a new chief ex­ec­u­tive after Matthew Ker­shaw switched to a post with The King’s Fund health char­ity in Lon­don last month.

But they have now ap­pointed Su­san Acott, who has pre­vi­ously held se­nior po­si­tions in Manchester and Lon­don, as in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive un­til late March.

Spokesman Steve James said: “Su­san will act as in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive un­til March 31, dur­ing which time the trust will con­duct a ro­bust re­cruit­ment and selec­tion process for the per­ma­nent role.”

The trou­bled trust, which looks after Kent and Can­ter­bury and Ash­ford’s Wil­liam Har­vey, was par­tially lifted out of spe­cial mea­sures ear­lier this year, but has been forced to draft in ex­tra emer­gency doc­tors as its wait­ing times re­main among the worst in the coun­try.

Ms Acott, who is cur­rently chief ex­ec­u­tive at the Dart­ford and Grave­sham NHS trust, will start her new role on Mon­day.

She will re­turn to her cur­rent post at the end of her sec­ond­ment in east Kent.

Ger­ard Sam­mon, Dart­ford and Grave­sham’s direc­tor of strat­egy and plan­ning, will be­come the in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive at Dart­ford.

In­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Acott and for­mer chief Matthew Ker­shaw

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