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Medical Director Mike Walker to retire

Posted on Wednesday 27th March 2013
Mike Walker

Mike Walker

Following over 20 years’ service with North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and 35 years with the NHS, Mike Walker, who has fulfilled the role of medical director for three years, has decided to retire.

From the end of June 2013, Mike will take the option to flexibly retire. Therefore from this time he will step down as medical director for the Trust and, over the next year or so, will work part time focussing on the development of the new hospital in West Cumberland and the development of new systems to record patients’ experience.

Mike Walker said: “It has been a really difficult decision to make, especially considering how exciting the future for North Cumbria is as a result of the acquisition by Northumbria Healthcare. However, it is fair to say that the time is right for me to move onto new challenges and also for the organisation to have a new medical director who can focus their time and energy in transforming the care for our patients.”

Ann Farrar, Interim Chief Executive, commented: “Mike has dedicated his working life to the NHS and been loyal servant to its principles. I would like to thank Mike, on behalf of the Board, for his dedication and wish to support him with his choice to flexibly retire.”

From this time, Jeremy Rushmer, currently Director of Clinical Transformation, will take up the position of Medical Director for the Trust.  Jeremy said: “This is a really exciting time for North Cumbria and I relish the opportunity to transform the health outcomes for patients from the local communities.”