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Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust chief executive Lyn Hill Tout steps down

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 19, 2013

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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”.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  March 19 2013, 6:12PM

    Hello Stafford Sally, For your information it was me who called for a memorial to be placed in the grounds of the hospital as a permanent memorial to all the families not just Julie, front page of the newsletter. However the decisions by Monitor now mean that Stafford Hospital will probably be bulldozed so no-one has really won in Stafford absolutely no-one

  • StaffordSally  |  March 19 2013, 4:30PM

    Rolfe, I hope you have also congratulated Julie Bailey for exposing the poor care of vulnerable patients and the fact that the hospital was 'on it's kneees' when Lynn was appointed. Has a list of Lynne's achievements been published?

  • Staf Newsletter  |  March 19 2013, 2:33PM

    Well done Lynn, you took a hospital on its knees and turned it around, you and your team should be proud. I for one will always appreciate your hard work, you would be welcome at my house for a coffee and a biccy any time. I wish you well in your retirement Lynn!