News in Brief – new Liverpool University Hospitals chief exec, Dorset launches sexual health text service

Our Leading Healthcare weekly round-up is here, featuring the latest on the new Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, and Dorset Sexual Health’s text messaging service to support young people.

Find out what’s going on in the world of healthcare, below…

DGFT rated second most improved maternity unit in England

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust (DGFT) has announced it has been rated the second most improved Maternity Unit in England.

The National Maternity Patient Safety Survey, conducted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), published the results – from antenatal care to post-natal care – after receiving responses from 23,479 women.

Michele Ahluwalia, Director of Midwifery and Gynaecology, said: “This is an amazing achievement, considering the unit’s challenges during the pandemic and balancing women’s choices with the safety of families and staff. Every week we receive the most amazing feedback, pregnancy and birth stories of appreciation from women and their families.”

Liverpool NHS FT appoints new Chief Executive

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT) has appointed James Sumner as the new Chief Executive.

Mr Sumner is the current Chief Executive of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He started his career in primary care in 1999, before moving to the acute sector in 2005.

Sue Musson, Chair, LUHFT, said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of James Sumner as our next chief executive.  I welcome James to LUHFT and look forward to working with him in serving our patients and our staff. James is an outstanding and exceptional appointment for our Trust. He is absolutely the right person to take LUHFT forward.”

Dorset launches sexual health text service for young people

Dorset Sexual Health has launched a new sexual health text messaging service for young people in the area.

The service offers support and information about topics such as contraception, unplanned pregnancies and STIs (sexually transmitted diseases) for young people aged 13-19.

The service also provides information on general questions about sexual health matters and locations of clinics throughout the country.

Joanne Goodman, Advanced Clinical Nurse Lead for Dorset Sexual Health, commented: “It’s fantastic news that we can now offer this additional service for young people across the county.”

NEL ICS appoints new Chief Pharmacist

North East London Integrated Care System (ICS) has appointed Dr Raliat Onatade as its new Chief Pharmacist.

Dr Onatade, the Group Chief Pharmacist and Clinical Director for Medicines Optimisation at Barts Health NHS Trust, will begin her role in the spring.

Dr Onatade, commented: “I am really excited to be taking up this role, which will allow me to keep working alongside colleagues across the system to improve the care and health outcomes of people living and working in North East London.”

AWP wins award for equality, diversity and inclusion

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) has been presented with a prestigious award for their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The Stepping UP Diversity Champion Award was presented to the Trust last week in acknowledgment of their efforts to address underrepresentation of women, disabled people and BAME groups within organisations across Bristol.

Asher Craig, Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Bristol, commented: “I am delighted to present our Stepping UP Award for Diversity Champion to Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust in recognition of their ongoing support and active participation in the delivery of our award-winning leadership programme.”