New Chief Executive appointed to lead Shropcom

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust has appointment Patricia Davies as its new Chief Executive.

Patricia will take up the position on 1 April 2021, replacing David Stout – who will leave at the end of March next year, having served as Interim CEO since March this year.

Nuala O’Kane, Chair of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted to have been able to appoint someone of Patricia’s calibre and experience to this role. We had a strong field of candidates but Patricia – with her clinical background and impressive leadership record – really stood out.”

“She joins us at a crucial time for our health system, as we continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic alongside our important work with partners to move towards an Integrated Care System. I am sure she is the right person at the right time, and I look forward very much to working with her for the benefit of our service users, our communities, and of course, our staff.”

“I would like to say a huge thank you to David,” she added. “He had no idea when he agreed to take on this role that he would be leading us through a pandemic, and his leadership during what is surely the most challenging period the NHS has ever known, has been inspirational.”

Patricia said: “I am delighted to take up the position of Chief Executive of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust and return to my roots, where I started my career in Shropshire more than 25 years ago as a District Nurse.”

“The recent pandemic has provided us with many opportunities to redraw partnership working between the NHS, local authorities and other system partners and I look forward to working with staff, clinicians and residents to deliver high quality services locally to meet the needs of our people now and in the future.”