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Jim Mackey to head up NHS Improvement

Monday, 05 October, 2015
Jim Mackey to head up NHS Improvement

The Board of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust confirmed today that Jim Mackey, their long-standing chief executive, has agreed to join NHS Improvement as their chief executive.

Jim, known to run one of the best hospital trusts in the NHS, has been chief executive for Northumbria Healthcare for over ten years. Previous to this, Jim held a number of senior roles within the NHS and the Regional Health Authority in the North East.

Jim will start making the transition from Northumbria Healthcare into NHS Improvement over the coming weeks and, working with the Board of Northumbria Healthcare, he will immediately work through revised management arrangements to cover his time with NHS Improvement. 

Speaking of his move, Jim said: “It has been a huge privilege to lead Northumbria Healthcare through its most successful time as a NHS Foundation Trust.  Over the years, I have worked with so many caring and dedicated members of staff and every day have been humbled to see them all go above and beyond the call of duty to provide excellent care to patients.

“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved over a number of years and, whilst I am excited by my new role with NHS Improvement which will allow me to utilise my experience to work within other health organisations across England, I will miss greatly all staff during my time away.

“This is without doubt a difficult time for the NHS.  We collectively need to improve NHS services for patients and the local communities we serve, alongside being more efficient and effective in our use of the NHS pound.

“The gap between the quality of care provided within the NHS must be reduced and our grip on managing our business and finance must be improved.  This will be my priority and focus for the coming years ahead, and I look forward to working with health partners across the NHS and social care to support a more sustainable and integrated service for patients.”

Brian Flood, chairman of Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Jim has served the community of North Tyneside and Northumberland very well over the last decade and has an excellent track record built on a wealth of experience across a number of roles within the NHS.

“Northumbria Healthcare will revise its management arrangements to cover when Jim is fulfilling this important role with NHS Improvement.

“We are, however, very lucky to have an excellent leadership team therefore we are collectively confident that we will maintain our strong performance position across the NHS.  In the meantime, it is business as usual and we will continue our drive to continuously improve the services we provide to our patients, service users and wider communities we serve.

“Over the years my pride in what Jim has achieved within our trust has grown every day and the privilege of being chosen to lead NHS Improvement will be a privilege that all staff in Northumbria Healthcare should take pride in.  We therefore wish him every success within this new role and look forward to working with him again when he returns.”