HEALTH bosses paid tribute to the ‘remarkable leadership’ of chief executive Lyn Hill Tout today after she announced her retirement from Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Chairman at the trust Professor John Caldwell made the announcement and said Mrs Hill Tout would leave the trust at the end of May.
Professor Caldwell said Mrs Hill Tout had led a major reorganisation at the trust in the past two years which had led to ‘substantial improvements’ in patient safety and care.
Mr Caldwell said the recent findings of Monitor’s expert team that the trust was ‘operationally sustainable’ and a report from the Care Quality Commission that MSFT continued to meet all standards expected of it, confirmed Mrs Hill Tout’s achievements.
“Characteristically, Lyn attributed the credit for this outcome to our staff, who have worked hard to make these improvements, but we all recognize her remarkable leadership which has brought the trust to its current position.
“This success is grounded in her great personal integrity which has been combined with an exceptional ability as an ambassador for the Trust.”
Professor Caldwell said Mrs Hill Tout had served the NHS with ‘great distinction’ over a 39-year career.
“Lyn is highly respected within the NHS and more widely in the community for her great service in, what all recognise to be one of the most challenging roles in British public life,” he said. “Lyn’s multiple contributions to MSFT, to the community of Staffordshire and to the NHS and will be sorely missed.
“We thank her for her service and wish her many years of a healthy, active and happy retirement.”
Mrs Hill Tout said: “It has been a great privilege to have had worked for the National Health Service and to have undertaken a wide range of rewarding roles in the most important and complex public sector service.
“Throughout my career I have worked with dedicated and talented people who have strived to provide the very best health care for their patients and communities and this is particularly true of my colleagues at Mid Staffordshire”.