Sussex Community NHS Trust appoints new chief executive

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THERE is a new woman at the top of Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT).

Paula Head has been appointed as the new chief executive of the trust after a ‘competitive’ recruitment process.

The trust is the main provider of NHS community healthcare services across West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

“My approach is to create a vision, inspire others to express this in their own terms and then translate this into tangible service and health outcomes,” said Mrs Head.

“I’ll want to build upon our progress at SCT and ensure we achieve our full potential as we work to achieve our goal to become an NHS foundation trust.”

Mrs Head has a clinical background as a pharmacist as well as commercial experience and experience at board level with a number of NHS organisations.

“She is currently director of transformation at Frimley Park Hospital, one of the country’s leading NHS foundation trusts, where she leads organisational change and development, delivering efficiencies and service improvements and enhancing Frimley Park’s reputation,” said a trust spokesman.

“In previous board-level positions first with Kingston Primary Care Trust (PCT) and then with Berkshire East PCT, she led strategy, business planning, contracting and performance.

“In both roles she managed community engagement programmes, leading to the successful implementation of local service change, and served as deputy chief executive.”

Trust chairman Sue Sjuve said: “Paula expects to begin work with SCT by the beginning of April and news of her appointment helps us to approach year-end on a real high.

“In making the appointment, we were impressed by her commitment to quality, to clinical leadership and staff ownership, to partnership working, but most of all to offering excellent care to the patients and wider communities we serve.”

Mrs Head succeeds the previous chief executive Andy Painton, who stood down from the role in October, 2012, because of ill-health.