George Eliot Hospital’s new Chief Executive, Glen Burley, set out plans for further improvement to health care at the hospital trust’s Annual General Meeting last Wednesday (July 25).
Speaking on behalf of the Hospital’s Board Members, Glen explained how the Hospital will join a foundation group alongside the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) and Wye Valley NHS Trust (WVT) – and how this would enhance opportunities for sharing best practice, service improvement and integration whilst enabling George Eliot to continue to be an independent organisation with its own Board of Directors.
He also outlined some of the key themes for the year ahead, which will include an £8.7m spend on equipment and infrastructure, including a Wi-Fi upgrade and the replacement of beds. Work to bring the Health and Well Being Campus will continue, with the development of the site master plan.
And there will be further overseas recruitment of nurses and doctors, as well as increased opportunities for joint working with the foundation group to identify improvements, such as improved working between hospital and community services.
The board acknowledged that, like many other NHS providers, the hospital has experienced severe pressure on services, particularly during the winter months. Despite this they are hopeful of improving A&E performance against the 4-hour waiting standard, and of achieving a planned deficit of £18.5m through productivity changes and efficiency savings of £7.0m.
The focus would be on saving money safely by improving quality and finances at the same time, and the hospital could gain an additional £4.2m in government funding if these ambitions are met.
Following the AGM, Glen said: “Working with our foundation group partners I believe we will continue to improve care, ensuring local services for local people are maintained and enhanced by capitalising on opportunities for service improvement and integration. I look forward to a great future for George Eliot Hospital.”
Glen was appointed as George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust’s new Chief Executive in June this year following the announcement of Kath Kelly’s retirement.