Southend University Hospital appoints new Chief Executive
05 January 2017
Clare Panniker has been appointed as the new Chief Executive and accountable officer for Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
This follows the agreement by the hospital trust boards in Mid
and South Essex in December to appoint a single chief
executive/accountable officer and executive team to lead the three
organisations. Clare is currently Chief Executive of both Basildon
and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Mid
Essex Hospitals NHS Trust.
Trust Chairman Alan Tobias OBE made the announcement following a
formal selection process and approval of the appointment from the
Trust's Council of Governors.
Alan said: "I am pleased we have appointed Clare to lead
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
"Clare's leadership and guidance will enable us to respond
effectively and collaboratively in what are no doubt exciting but
challenging times ahead, as we work together to ensure we are able
to continue to provide the best possible services for our
Clare will be supported in her role at Southend by the
appointment of Chief Nurse Yvonne Blucher as managing director, who
will oversee the day to day running of the hospital site.
Clare said "It is an absolute privilege to be appointed as the
Chief Executive at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation
"With increasing demand for our services, the provision of
compassionate, high quality patient care has never been more
important than it is today and collectively we now have the best
chance of building a strong foundation for the future.
"I am looking forward to working with staff, our partners and
our communities to ensure that we continue to deliver the very best
possible care for the people of Southend and surrounding
Notes to editors
As a foundation trust the appointment of executive directors at
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is made by
independent non-executive directors and requires approval from the
Trust's council of governors - lay people elected by the trust's
membership in the local community.
The Chief Executive is also the accountable officer for the
Trust and carries full responsibility for the Trust's performance,
forward planning and leadership of the executive team and clinical
Single executive team
The boards of the three hospital trusts in Mid and South Essex
agreed to appoint a single joint executive team to manage the three
organisations in December.
This will enable the three trusts to better deliver the shared
ambition of developing the best possible services for their
combined population of 1.2million and tackling the workforce and
financial challenges that exist across the local health and care
The executive team will be responsible for delivering the acute
programme within the Mid and South Essex Success Regime and will be
supported by senior leadership teams at each site who will
responsible for day to day management of the hospitals.
Details about the other executive roles appointments will be
Clare Panniker biography
Clare has worked in the NHS for more than 25 years, and has
significant experience of leading change and improving the quality
of healthcare for patients.
She is both a qualified nurse and a business graduate. Her
leadership was fundamental to the transformation of Basildon and
Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one of the
first trusts placed in special measures by the Health Secretary but
is now rated 'good' by the Care Quality Commission. Clare and her
team steered the Trust out of special measures in less than a
Prior to joining Basildon, Clare was Chief Executive of North
Middlesex University Hospital for nine years, where she was
credited with transforming the organisation's performance and