Louise Scull and Peter Homa will step down from their role as Chair and Chief Executive at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFH), returning full-time to their equivalent roles at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH).
Mandie Sunderland, who is currently Chief Nurse at NUH and SFH, will similarly return exclusively to her NUH role.
Peter Marks, Vice-Chair at SFH will take over as SFH’s Acting Chair from Monday 24 October 2016.
It is intended that Peter Herring, SFH Managing Director, will be appointed as Chief Executive subject to formal approval by the SFH Board early November.
Peter Homa and Mandie will remain in post at SFH until succession arrangements are formalised.
Louise, Peter and Mandie took on their additional roles in Summer 2016 to ensure a smooth transition to combining both organisations, which was planned for Autumn 2016.
Timings have moved beyond 2016
Peter Homa said: “We agreed to take on these additional responsibilities for a short-term period. Now that the timings have moved beyond 2016, we believe it is in the best interests of patients and staff at NUH and SFH that the Chair, Chief Nurse and Chief Executive can dedicate themselves to each Trust, their patients and staff through this next period.
Adding, “We remain very much committed to providing Nottinghamshire patients with consistently high quality care and both organisations are working together to review the best way of achieving this shared goal.
Much progress has been made at SFH during 2016 to improve patient safety and care quality, supported by the closer working of both organisations.”
Ailigning our clinical services
Peter Herring said: “Our partnership with NUH has supported us in delivering a number of improvements, particularly in terms of aligning our clinical services to result in more efficient and higher quality patient care. We remain very much committed to building on the extensive work already undertaken, and to continuing to develop and strengthen our joint working.
“I would like to put on record my thanks for Louise and Peter for the part they have played at SFH whilst serving as Chair and Chief Executive, and look forward to continuing to work with them both as we develop the partnership between both organisations.”