New CEO being sought for NNUH

A new chief executive is being sought by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH), as current CEO Sam Higginson prepares to move to NHS England later this summer to work on the national outpatient recovery programme, after nearly four years at the Trust.

Sir James Mackey, NHS England National Director of Elective Recovery, says: “I am delighted that Sam has agreed to join the national elective recovery programme to support the outpatient recovery programme. While great progress has been made in reducing the longest waits for patients there is much more to do to transform our outpatient services to meet the needs of patients. Sam has led the way in modernising outpatient services in Norfolk and Norwich and we look forward to benefiting from his experience and expertise when he joins later this summer”.

Sam says: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Team NNUH, working with outstanding and dedicated colleagues who work tirelessly for our patients. I will miss everyone and would like to express my sincere gratitude to our staff for their tremendous efforts over the last few years.”

Tom Spink, NNUH Chair, says: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam for leading us through one of the most difficult periods for the NHS through the pandemic and afterwards with our recovery plans. He has met these challenges with determination and continued to strive hard in the interests of our patients.”

“We are seeking a replacement for Sam and we will be appointing an interim CEO in a short number of weeks to ensure we have continuity across our services for the benefit of patients and staff.”

Sam joined NNUH from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he was Chief Operating Officer from March 2017. Previously he was Director of Strategic Finance for NHS England and between 2010 and 2013 he was Director of Strategic Development at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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