UNIVERSITY Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust has appointed a former hospital boss with a successful track record in leading large scale change as managing director of Stafford Hospital.
Chris Bown, who joins the trust next week, brings 18 years of top NHS management experience to what is a new post in preparation for November 1 when University Hospital will become responsible Stafford Hospital.
University Hospital chief executive Mark Hackett said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Bown to Stafford Hospital. He is a very able senior manager with a wealth of expertise in steering NHS organisations through challenging periods of instability and change.
“As managing director of Stafford Hospital, he will support and strengthen existing management arrangements and help to smooth the path to integration with University Hospital on 1 November. Chris will be accountable to me for the efficient running of Stafford Hospital and the delivery of high quality care and standards when our two hospitals come together to form a bigger, stronger trust.
“The integration of our two hospitals will herald a new and thriving future for Stafford Hospital with significant investment in new buildings and a major programme of refurbishment of existing wards and departments. Crucially for patients, it will mean a better experience, new and improved services and greater privacy and dignity.”
In his four years as chief executive of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (FT), Mr Brown led a staff of 3,500 through one of the most difficult periods in the trust’s history. It was not only in deficit but also in significant breach of its FT authorisation. He maintained the support of clinical staff while achieving financial and organisational turnaround, increasing income from contracts and setting up a new clinical directorate structure. He also achieved the release of the Trust from breach of authorisation.
Mr Brown said: “I am greatly looking forward to getting to know and working with staff, particularly in Stafford where I recognise there is a great deal to do to forge strong relationships and trust. While I appreciate there will be challenging times ahead as we prepare for Day 1, I am excited to be joining the hospital at the start of a new era of safe and sustainable healthcare and services for the patients of Stafford and surrounding areas.”