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Hospital chief takes on new role

Glen Burley
Glen Burley

THE chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) has become the boss of a third hospital trust.

Glen Burley has been appointed as chief executive of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton following the retirement of Kath Kelly.

It is the first move towards closer working arrangements between the two, with the George Eliot Trust saying in a statement that it was proposing to join the Foundation group model which would 'enhance opportunities for sharing best practice, service improvement and integration, whilst enabling George Eliot to continue to be an independent organisation with its own board of directors'.

In 2016 Mr Burley took on the chief executive's role as Wye Valley NHS Trust in Worcestershire as part of a similar strategic alliance.

Prem Singh, chairman at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust said: “I am delighted to welcome Glen Burley to the role, he brings with him a wealth of experience which will support and strengthen integrated working across the health and care system in Coventry and Warwickshire.”

Mr Burley said: “I am very pleased to accept the position of chief executive at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust. As well as taking on this new role, I will continue to be chief executive for both South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) and Wye Valley NHS Trust (WVT).

"This also provides an opportunity for us to explore the possibility of extending the foundation group model with SWFT and WVT.

"Formal proposals would need to be considered by each board but would aim to maximise the opportunities of being part of a wider group while retaining individual boards which engage with local stakeholders to deliver sustainable services for their communities.

"I am proud that I will be overseeing three organisations that all are driving integrated care and I am looking forward to working with staff at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust.”

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