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Dr Rushmer appointed in prestigious new role at England’s first dedicated emergency care hospital

Wednesday, 03 June, 2015
Dr Rushmer appointed in prestigious new role at England’s first dedicated emergency care hospital

The medical director of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will soon return to his North East roots to take up a prestigious new role with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer has been appointed as site medical director for the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington, the first purpose-built hospital of its kind in England, where he will lead expert medical teams caring for seriously ill or injured people from across Northumberland and North Tyneside. 

He will take up the role at Northumbria part-time from September working closely with trust-wide medical directors Mr David Evans and Dr Derek Thomson as well as Northumbria’s divisional medical director Dr Richard Curless.  He will continue in his role as medical director at North Cumbria for the foreseeable future and until a suitable successor is found.

Since joining North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust on secondment from Northumbria Healthcare in August 2012, Dr Jeremy Rushmer has worked closely with chief executive Ann Farrar to lead vital quality improvements, resulting in safer and more effective care for patients.  

Since his arrival, important clinical changes made under Dr Rushmer’s leadership have resulted in more lives being saved in North Cumbria with a substantial reduction in the trust’s mortality rate which was one of the highest in England in 2012. Successes have been recognised locally and nationally, with North Cumbria named as one of the 40 best performing NHS trusts in England only two weeks ago.

A thorough recruitment process to search for an alternative high calibre candidate to succeed Dr Rushmer as medical director in North Cumbria will now begin.  This process will be supported by the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) and buddy trust Northumbria Healthcare, who will also provide extra support from September and until Dr Rushmer takes up his new role full time.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer said: “I feel hugely privileged to have led such dedicated teams in North Cumbria and am immensely proud not only of our achievements in reducing mortality and giving more patients a chance of better outcomes and better experiences of safe care, but also the way in which our staff continue to embrace the challenges we face. 

“Across the organisation we are now starting to see a real culture of patient safety being embedded where everyone is encouraged and supported to constantly improve quality and this is something which I am confident will continue. 

“Being offered a medical director post in the new Northumbria hospital was not something I could turn down and will be an immensely challenging and exciting role in a new model of emergency care which is at the forefront of NHS.  I will continue to be working in North Cumbria as medical director for many months ahead and look forward to continuing to support our medical teams in Carlisle and Whitehaven.”

Commenting on the contribution made by Dr Jeremy Rushmer, chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, Ann Farrar said: “Jeremy’s contribution to improve patient care in North Cumbria over the past three years has been truly exceptional. 

“On behalf of our staff, patients and the trust board, I would like to thank him for his expert guidance and support and for influencing many positive clinical changes which now mean patients are receiving safer and higher quality care in both of our hospitals.  I look forward to his continued involvement and wish him all the very best as he takes up an exciting new role with Northumbria.”

Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Jeremy has done an outstanding job whilst working in North Cumbria and provided the clear, strong and courageous clinical leadership which has been necessary to tackle some of the longstanding challenges facing the local health economy.  He will continue to play an important role in North Cumbria in the months ahead and we look forward to supporting the trust further as it continues to make progress on its improvement journey.”

Dr Jeremy Rushmer first joined North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust in August 2012 on secondment from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as part of interim management arrangements. 

His first role was as director for clinical transformation before becoming interim medical director in May 2013 and medical director in April 2014. Throughout his time in North Cumbria he has continued to practise as a consultant anaesthetist working in intensive care across North Cumbria’s hospitals and back at Northumbria Healthcare.