Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Colchester: Under-fire Colchester Hospital NHS Trust appoints new interim chief executive.

18:33 06 January 2014

Kim Hodgson - interim chief executive at Colchester Hospital NHS Trust

Kim Hodgson - interim chief executive at Colchester Hospital NHS Trust

Archant

The new interim chief executive at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust says she wants to develop services in which “people can feel completely confident”.

Kim Hodgson, whose appointment was announced today, has previously held the position of chief executive for East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust. She is due to take up her new role next Tuesday, January 13 while the trust looks for a permanent replacement.

Her appointment comes less than a month after former chief executive, Dr Gordon Coutts, said he would not be returning to the post after a period of sick leave and follows several difficult months for the trust, which is being investigated over allegations that data on some cancer patient records was altered in order to hit targets.

Essex Police has launched an investigation into the allegations while health watchdog, Monitor, is carrying out an investigation into governance arrangements within the trust. Shortly before Christmas, a report from NHS England also found serious failings in the way some cancers were being treated, as well as problems with the tracking patients’ records and leadership across the trust’s cancers services.

A trained and registered nurse by background, Ms Hodgson said: “I am delighted to have been asked to lead the trust and I look forward to working with staff and to meeting some of our patients. From what I have seen and heard already, there is a strong patient focus across both hospitals and I am confident that we can rise to the challenges that we face.”

She added: “With the support of the board, I want to set a clear direction for the trust and work closely with partners in local health and social care settings to continue to provide and develop services in which local people can feel completely confident.”

Speaking of the appointment, Dr Sally Irvine, chairman of Colchester NHS Trust, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Kim as our interim chief executive. We have been lucky to attract a very strong candidate within such a short period of time. I believe that Kim has the experience, drive and commitment to lead the trust forward after what has been a difficult year for our staff and for the wider hospital community.”

The appointment has also prompted Sue Barnett, deputy chief executive at Colchester NHS Trust, to announce her resignation.

Ms Barnett took charge of the trust briefly at the end of 2013 after Dr Coutts did not return from sick leave.

She began working as director of operations in an interim capacity in 2009 and, after five years in her current role, plans to return to the interim market within the NHS. She will be leaving the trust in mid-March.

0 comments

England's Harry Martin in 2014.

The greatest sporting spectacle on the planet is almost upon us once again.

An East of England Ambulance Service Trust vehicle. Photograph Simon Parker

An elderly woman was taken to hospital on Sunday after she collided with a car in Beccles which then did not stop.

Abellio Greater Anglia

A person has been pronounced dead after being struck by a train near Needham Market station.

Voters at Whiting Street EU polling station, Bury St Edmunds.

Around 7% of people who voted for Brexit in Suffolk and north-east Essex now regret their decision, a poll by this newspaper has found.

Emma Young, assistant nurse at St Helena Hospice in Colchester.

The hospice star who moved staff and patients to tears with a beautiful Adele rendition which has gone viral has said she would relish the chance to release a Christmas song for the charity.

Programme Name: Robot Wars - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: The House Robots Dead Metal, Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt - (C) Mentorn Media Scotland - Photographer: Alan Peebles

“For too long, the schedules have cried out for a show in which dedicated amateurs, toiling day and night, handcraft sophisticated automatons built on the delicate interplay of hand-wired servo motors with custom-built circuit boards and fingertip motion control, just to see them get smashed to pieces by a dustbin carrying a massive hammer.

Flower left at Bramford Recreation Ground on Saturday to mark the third anniversary of toddler Ryan Ward's death.

Travellers have arrived at a playing field in Ipswich - almost three years to the day since a toddler was killed in a collision with a van at the same site.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24