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Ann Farrar to take up new role in North East

Posted on Thursday 7th January 2016
Ann Farrar

The Board of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has today confirmed that Ann Farrar is set to take up a new role in the North East NHS and will leave her role as Chief Executive.

In recent times, Ann has been one of the longest serving chief executives for the Trust after joining as Interim Chief Executive in September 2012 and becoming substantive Chief Executive in October 2013.

During the past three years, Ann has led major improvements in patient care, safety and outcomes and under her leadership the Trust has:

  • seen a substantial and continued reduction in mortality rates with clear independent evidence to show that more people are now surviving serious injury or illness and going on to live longer lives with better outcomes following their stay in hospital
  • introduced robust governance, assurance and open reporting processes which have enabled the Board to address major issues particularly in relation to the estate at the Cumberland Infirmary
  • begun the long journey of cultural improvement with a more transparent and open dialogue between frontline teams and management, resulting in more reporting of serious incidents and improvements in patient care
  • achieved a ‘good’ caring rating from the CQC for every single service across both hospital sites, with patients being treated with dignity and respect
  • surgical services now rated as ‘good’ by the CQC thanks to vital safety changes made in the best interests of patient care
  • successfully expanded the permanent consultant workforce and supported the development of the new West Cumberland Medical Education Campus in Whitehaven
  • achieved consistently good patient feedback and is within the top 20% of trusts nationally for the Friends and Family test with high numbers of patients who are likely or extremely likely to recommend A&E services.

Ann Farrar said: “I have been immensely proud and privileged of what the Trust has achieved over recent years and would like to thank every member of staff for their hard work, support and commitment in driving up the quality of the care and services we provide to our local communities.

“There is still, however, much to do and in light of the work that needs to take place as part of the Success Regime, I think it is the right time for me to move on and I have accepted a new role working with NHS hospital trusts across Durham, Darlington and Teesside as part of their Better Health Services programme.”

From Monday 11 January 2016, Ann will be succeeded by Stephen Eames, a successful NHS hospital Chief Executive with over 25 years’ experience working within large NHS trusts.

Speaking on his appointment Stephen said: “I would firstly like to take this opportunity to recognise the very clear improvements made to date in patient care across the services provided by the Trust under Ann’s leadership.

“Our attention over the coming weeks and months will be to work with the Success Regime to focus on addressing the on-going, and longstanding, performance and financial issues alongside agreeing a long-term and sustainable clinical strategy fit for the future.”

Gina Tiller, Chair of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ann for her drive and determination to improve patient care across the services we provide. The achievements to date should not be underestimated and I look forward to working with Stephen Eames to build on these achievements as a platform for future successes.”