Healthcare chief steps down
PAUL Sly, chief executive at Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, has decided to step down from his post with immediate effect.
Sir David Henshaw, interim chairman at Dorset HealthCare said: "Paul has been chief executive since 1st February 2012 and led the Trust through a very difficult period with the coming together of the predecessor organisations. He has been a highly respected colleague with total commitment to the Trust and the people it serves and has made a major contribution on a range of areas. On behalf of the Trust Board I would like to thank Paul for all that he has done in his time with Dorset HealthCare.
"Ron Shields is joining the Trust as interim chief executive with immediate effect. Ron brings a wealth of leadership experience in the NHS, with more than 23 years as a director in acute, community and mental health trusts, 14 of which have been as chief executive. His experience includes managing large scale service redesign and organisational mergers. His priority will be to lead the development of a clear and compelling strategy for all of our services and to work with frontline clinicians to provide assurance for patients, staff and our regulators about the quality of the services we deliver for the people of Dorset."
Dorset HealthCare provides community health services, mental health, learning disability, addictions, community brain injury, community dental, and some primary care services, across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Community health services encompass; district nurses, health visitors, school nursing, end of life care, sexual health promotion, safeguarding children, diabetes education, audiology, speech and language therapy, dermatology, podiatry, orthopaedic, prison health care, wheelchair services, breastfeeding support services and the running of Dorset's 11 community hospitals.
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