Stephen Eames has been asked by the Department of Health to take
on the leadership role at The Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, an
organisation which is currently facing a critical period.
Stephen will join the organisation as its chief executive
at the beginning of March in an interim role.
This approach to take on a high profile role reflects the
esteem in which his skills as a Chief Executive are held
nationally, and the track record of County Durham and Darlington
Foundation Trust as a top NHS organisation.
Trust Chairman Tony Waites says: "The Trust Board
have asked me to share their sadness at this news, their
appreciation for Stephen's huge contribution to the organisation
over the last four and a half years, and our best wishes for
Stephen in this next stage of his exciting and varied
During nearly 20 years as a Chief Executive in the NHS,
Stephen has specialised in taking on challenging roles - and,
although, as an organisation, we have a long record of success both
clinically and financially - Stephen took over at a time when we
needed to make some big decisions about the future configuration of
services. He has faced these and dealt with them head on.
Ian Dalton, Chief Executive of NHS North of England, said:
"Stephen Eames track record speaks for itself - and it for this
reason that he has been asked to take on a key leadership role for
a trust that is facing a critical period.
"His reputation of delivery and success are widely
recognised and I would like to pass on my sincere appreciation to
Stephen and the team at County Durham and Darlington Foundation
Trust for all that has been achieved over the last four and a half
years both clinically and financially.
"Stephen's career clearly demonstrates that he relishes
new challenges and he leaves his current trust with a strong
reputation and in an excellent position to embrace the future."
Tony Waites said: "We are now an integrated healthcare
provider, which places us in a strong position during a time of
significant strategic change for the NHS. The organisation is
in a strong financial position, which has allowed us to invest in
improving services and facilities for our communities.
Our strategic direction is set for the next few
years: an increased focus on prevention, streamlined services
with an emphasis on more care outside hospital, and quality
hospital services, based around two acute sites, including centres
of excellence in a range of specialties.
Stephen will be leaving us with a strong reputation as a
successful organisation with a regional and national profile.
The Trust has a clear successor in Sue Jacques, who has
been a successful Director of Finance for many years, and who has,
in recent years, taken on a wider and more comprehensive brief as
Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer.
Sue is also a figure on the national healthcare stage, and
is currently president of the Healthcare Financial Management
Association. Most importantly, she has a passion for this
Sue will take up her appointment as Chief Executive with
effect from 1 March. This is on an interim basis until
formally approved by the Governing Council.
Sue has the full support of the Board, and I am sure you
join me in wishing her every success in her new role.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community