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New role for Chief Executive

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 career. 

 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 Trust.

 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.

'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after and very impressed.'

Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital