Successful appointment: Chair of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS FT

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Sue Musson was recently announced as chair of the joint board that’s been created between Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust.

The trusts are in the process of merging, to create a £900m turnover organisation, Liverpool University Hospitals FT. The merger will, for the first time, create one major provider for North Mersey patients for acute care including urgent and emergency care, cardiology, stroke and haemato-oncology, as well as bringing together health and academia to improve patient care and outcomes and to maximise research and development capability.

The role initially is to oversee the final stages of the merger, only taking on the substantive appointment later this year, post-merger. The opportunity to shape the development of this clinically-led merger, that has been over 4 years in the planning, was tempered by the complexity of joining an organisation that does not yet exist. Despite this, we were pleased to be able to attract a strong field of experienced NHS Chairs to be interviewed for the role. We were delighted to have been involved in Sue’s appointment, where she will bring her extensive experience in providing leadership to strengthen collaboration and strategic change as Chair of two other NHS Trusts.

Sue Musson said: “I recognise that there will also be challenges we must face. I believe that by working collaboratively, we can tackle the health issues that are prevalent within our health economy, provide consistent and high quality care to all of our patients and make Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust the best place to work for all our staff. Being offered the opportunity to deliver the planned merger of two major trusts was the only opportunity that could have tempted me away from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.”

Press release: www.rlbuht.nhs.uk/news/chair-appointed-ahead-of-proposed-hospital-merger/