Professor Tricia Hart has been appointed as the new chief executive of one of the region’s biggest NHS trusts – South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Tricia, who has been acting as the interim chief executive of South Tees since September 2012, will now take up the substantive post on 1 January 2013, after her appointment was approved at a Council of Governors meeting yesterday (Tuesday 11 December).
Welcoming the appointment, trust chairman Deborah Jenkins said: “I am delighted at Tricia’s appointment. She has a firm grasp of the current issues facing the trust and the wider health service and is the right person to continue to take us forward and lead this already successful organisation onto the next stage of its development.
“Her leadership, expertise and commitment to quality and safety are second to none and will help us in our mission to provide the best possible care for our patients.”
Tricia joined the trust in April 2005 as director of nursing and patient safety after working at director level in several NHS organisations including the acute and primary care sectors, NHS Modernisation Agency and the strategic health authority (SHA).
She was appointed as the trust’s deputy CEO in 2009 – the same year she won an NHS award for Inspirational leadership at the NHS Leadership Awards – and became a visiting professor at Teesside University in 2012.
On a national level, she was one of the assessors specifically chosen by Robert Francis QC to work with him on the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry.
She said: “I am thrilled to be taking up the post on a substantive basis. I am passionate about this trust and its special culture and while we have many challenges to face over the next few years, I know we have an excellent workforce which is dedicated to delivering a top quality service.”
She succeeds Simon Pleydell, who announced in May he was stepping down after almost nine years at the helm.