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New CEO appointed at Poole Hospital

A new chief executive officer with almost 30 years’ NHS experience has been appointed to take over at Poole Hospital.

Debbie Fleming, currently area director for Wessex for NHS England, began her NHS management career at Poole Hospital in the 1980s, later serving as chief executive of Bournemouth & Poole Primary Care Trust.

She will take over from current chief executive Chris Bown, who recently announced his intention to step down, on 1 April 2014.

Announcing Debbie’s appointment, trust chairman Angela Schofield described her as a ‘high calibre leader.’

“Debbie is an extremely experienced and capable person with all the attributes required to steer this trust through the challenges ahead,” said Angela.

“I am delighted that we have secured such a high calibre leader with a proven track record in the NHS.”

Debbie has held a variety of senior posts since joining the NHS in 1984, including more than a decade in chief executive roles at Bournemouth & Poole and Hampshire primary care trusts.

She was also the general manager for medicine at Poole Hospital for ten years in the 1990s.

“I am pleased and proud to be returning to the trust as the new chief executive officer,” said Debbie.

“Like many organisations, the trust is currently facing a number of very significant challenges.

“However, I am looking forward to working with staff, clinicians, and all local stakeholders to develop and implement a new strategy that will take us through these difficult times.

“In this way, we will create a sustainable future, and Poole Hospital will continue to provide excellent, high quality services for local people.”

Angela Schofield paid tribute to Chris Bown, the outgoing chief executive, describing his time at the trust as providing ‘sterling leadership.’

Chris joined 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 low risk rating (band five of six) from the Care Quality Commission.

Angela added: “Chris’s sterling 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.”

Date: 23 December 2013

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