Posted on Wednesday 11th July 2012
Dr Neil Goodwin
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are taking the next steps towards acquisition and are looking to put in place new interim management arrangements.
North Cumbria’s Trust Board made the decision yesterday that, subject to the legal agreement being signed by all parties, the change would take place on 13 August. This would see Ann Farrar, currently Chief Operating Officer for Northumbria Healthcare, move to North Cumbria University Hospitals as Interim Chief Executive to manage the day-to-day performance of the organisation. Dr Neil Goodwin, current Interim Chief Executive, would continue to advise the Trust Board on finalising the acquisition.
Dr Goodwin said: “This change will facilitate a closer relationship between the Trust and Northumbria, with obvious integration advantages, during the transition period leading to the acquisition. This can only benefit staff, patients and the people of North Cumbria.”
Mrs Farrar said: “This is a major step forward towards the creation of one unified organisation which will be focused on delivering world-class care to the communities we serve. There are some excellent examples of good care delivered in both the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital and we need to build on this and work with staff and the public to deliver the patient outcomes the local communities deserve.”
Mike Little, Chair of North Cumbria, said: “We are taking steps to ensure that the acquisition process continues to move forward and we will look forward to the new management arrangements that hopefully, should be in place within the next few weeks. We have many challenges ahead; however I am confident that, by working closely with Northumbria Healthcare, we can collectively deliver a wide range of world-class services to our patients.”