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Southend University Hospital appoints new Chief Executive

05 January 2017

Health Care

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 patients."

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 Trust.

"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 areas."

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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 directors.

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 system.

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 made shortly.

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 year.

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 culture.