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16.07.18

Chair at Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust to become new chair at two other south-coast trusts

Alan McCarthy has been announced as the new chairman of both Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trusts (WSHFT) and Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) following his departure from Surrey and Sussex Trust at the end of the summer.

The new chair said it had taken a “very special opportunity” to prise him away from Surrey and Sussex Trust, noting it was a perfect opportunity to continue his contribution to the NHS.

McCarthy, who has a professional background as a chartered civil engineer, brings with him 40 years’ experience of working in the public sector, the last nine in the NHS.

McCarthy will begin his tenure from the end of the summer, until which time non-executive director Patrick Boyle will continue as interim chairman.

Michael Wilson, chief executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Alan has made a fantastic contribution to the successful transformation of SASH and the significant improvements to patient care over the past eight years and SASH has benefitted greatly from his extensive experience and energy.

“I want to personally thank Alan for his positive counsel and mentorship not just for myself but for our Board too. I recognise the very good reasons behind his decision to move to a new challenge. He will be missed.”

McCarthy said: “It is with a very heavy heart that I leave SASH and my thanks go to Michael, the members of the Board and everyone at SASH for their support and commitment. I am confident that under the excellent leadership of Michael and his team that the improvement journey will continue apace.”

“It has taken a very special opportunity to prise me away from SASH. WSHFT, like SASH, is a high performing trust, just along the coast from where I live. BSUH is a Trust on an improvement journey located in my home city. It really is the perfect opportunity for me to continue my contribution to the NHS.”

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