Statement from David Prior, Chairman of NNUH
David Prior, Chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has made the following announcement to staff:
“I wanted to let you know as soon as I could that early in the New Year I may be leaving the Norfolk and Norwich as I have been selected as the preferred candidate for the post of Chairman of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), subject to confirmation by the Health Select Committee and the Secretary of State for Health.
I joined the Trust a little over ten years ago and although we have had our fair share of local difficulties, I have loved every minute of it. Our two hospitals provide great care and treatment often in very challenging circumstances and we are able to do that because we have wonderful people. Wherever I go in Norfolk, and indeed beyond, I am proud to tell people where I work. I am also proud to be a part of the NHS, unquestionably a powerful force of moral good and, for all its imperfections, a good healthcare system.
If I am successful, I will miss the camaraderie, the sense of purpose, the walk rounds, the corridor conversations and even those interminable meetings and dreaded performance metrics! I hope what I have learned here from you I will be able to use in my new role at CQC, not least the relentless commitment to improving the quality of patient care. There have been times that I thought I would only leave the Trust via the mortuary. I am going slightly earlier than planned because the CQC provided a unique opportunity and challenge which I could not resist and it will provide me with the perfect excuse to inspect your progress at regular intervals!
I know there will be tough times ahead and that difficult decisions will be required not least because the clinical needs of an ageing population will be difficult to meet when finances are so tight. However, I have complete confidence in the commitment, integrity, ability and judgement of the senior executive and clinical team. I have no doubt that under their leadership, and with the talented and dedicated staff, the Trust will continue to provide great clinical care and outcomes and develop further its teaching and Research capabilities.
Thank you for all your support over the years and for your friendship and kindness.