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Chief executive to step down

The chief executive of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chris Bown, has announced that he will leave the trust in 2014.

Chris will remain in post until a new chief executive is appointed, and recruitment will begin immediately for his replacement.

Chris came to Poole Hospital in April 2010 and led the trust through a critical period of development. Under his leadership, the hospital became significantly more efficient whilst maintaining excellent standards of patient care, as evidenced most recently by the trust’s high rating from the Care Quality Commission (Band 5).

Angela Schofield, chairman of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Chris’s leadership, energy, hard work and commitment to patients have been a driving force in ensuring that Poole remains a hospital focused on quality of care, and he has played an influential role in improving services for patients in Dorset.

“We will now begin the search for a new chief executive who can maintain the excellent standard of leadership that Chris has set and support us as we move forward in a new direction, following the prohibition of the proposed merger.”

The trust will also be recruiting to the posts of director of finance and director of nursing, as the current post-holders will be retiring next year, along with the post of chief operating officer, which is currently filled on an interim basis.

Chris said: “I am extremely proud of Poole Hospital and its remarkable staff, who work tirelessly to give our patients the very best care.

"However, I have made this decision in order to give a new chief executive the opportunity to lead the organisation through its next period of development, now that the proposed merger has been prohibited.

"By announcing my decision to leave now, my intention is to give a new chief executive the opportunity to be directly involved in the other key executive appointments that need to be made at Poole Hospital.”

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