New CEO appointed at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Ron Shields has been appointed as CEO at Southern Health to take up the role in June.

Ron is said to be known for ‘championing patients and delivering outstanding results’ and is an ‘experienced and successful NHS leader.’

Ron’s selection involved patients, carers, staff and partners in a rigorous selection and assessment process.

Previously, Ron was at Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and led the trust to an outstanding rating from the CQC.

Lynne Hunt, Chair of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“I am delighted to announce that Ron is joining us and I have every confidence he’ll lead the Trust forwards on our journey of improvement for the benefit of our patients and local communities.

“Ron’s personal commitment to championing patients, listening to the needs of staff, and his ability to lead real improvements to NHS services, have been apparent throughout his extensive career and make him an ideal fit for Southern Health.”

Ron will work alongside Dr Nick Broughton, who is currently the trust’s CEO, ‘to ensure a smooth transition in June.’

Dr Broughton is moving to the CEO role at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Ron Shields said:

“It is a privilege to be a Chief Executive in the NHS and I am really excited about joining the team at Southern Health.”

“The response to the Coronavirus amplifies my belief in the people of the NHS and the strengths of people in the communities we serve.”

“I am proud to be joining an organisation that shows it learns from past experiences and where everyone involved with the Trust is passionate about delivering the very best possible services.”

“As Chief Executive, it is my job to support and encourage the fantastic people at Southern Health to realise their potential and to fulfil their ambitions for the people we serve.”

“I am looking forward to working with partners and users of services to deliver the very best, joined-up services and to personally champion the interests of service users.”