Search is on hold for new Trust boss

THE trust that runs the Royal Bolton Hospital has failed to appoint a new chief executive — because bosses could not find a suitable candidate.

Interviews were held over the last two weeks to find a replacement for Lesley Doherty, who took early retirement from the troubled Bolton NHS Foundation Trust in December.

But no one was offered the job, and the trust’s interim chairman, David Wakefield, said the situation would be looked at again in the summer.

The trust will not immediately be re-advertising the post and Dr Jackie Bene will stay on as the acting chief executive.

Mrs Doherty was paid between £140,000 and £145,000 a year.

Mr Wakefield was appointed by health watchdog Monitor to run the trust after it was pulled up for missing healthcare targets, financial failings and weak board governance.

In a statement to staff, he said: “The nomination and remuneration committee felt that unfortunately the candidates did not have the experience and skills that the trust needs currently and therefore was unable to appoint.”

Dr Bene, a consultant and former medical director, was appointed acting chief executive after Mrs Doherty’s retirement.

Mr Wakefield announced that she would be continuing in the role and that Steve Hodgson would continue as acting medical director. He said: “Jackie has done an excellent job so far and I feel sure will continue to do so going forward.”

At the trust’s board meeting, on Thursday, February 7, Mr Wakefield said Nicky Ingham, the director of Unfortunately the candidates did not have the experience and skills “ DAVID WAKEFIELD workforce, would become acting deputy chief executive until a new chief executive was appointed.

Cllr Andy Morgan, who sits on Bolton Council’s health, overview and scrutiny committee, said the trust needed stability and continuity.

Cllr Morgan said: “The hospital needs strong leadership from the top and if that means Jackie Bene is made chief executive then that needs confirming so we can move forward.

“All this uncertainty only adds to the confusion. What we need is continuity and we can only have that by appointing people who can be there for a long time.

“That includes the chairman.

We need to crack on and appoint a full-time chairman who is not spread between two sites, here and Milton Keynes.”

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12:00pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Misnomer says...

..... and what they need is someone who is NOT a nurse, BUT has worked their way up through the NHS; someone who is not afraid to show a little bottle and most importantly, someone who actually CARES about the NHS ... not a political prostitute who will roll over the ministers!
..... and what they need is someone who is NOT a nurse, BUT has worked their way up through the NHS; someone who is not afraid to show a little bottle and most importantly, someone who actually CARES about the NHS ... not a political prostitute who will roll over the ministers! Misnomer

1:09pm Sat 9 Feb 13

steveG says...

Appoint some money grabbing parasite as usual - why change the habits of a lifetime.There are plenty of lifelong public service employees out there scrabbling to be appointed to an obscenely over remunerated,unaccoun
table post such as this and rest assured one will be appointed shortly.
Appoint some money grabbing parasite as usual - why change the habits of a lifetime.There are plenty of lifelong public service employees out there scrabbling to be appointed to an obscenely over remunerated,unaccoun table post such as this and rest assured one will be appointed shortly. steveG

1:11pm Sat 9 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

I'm available,I'm not qualified,but I couldn't do any worse than the others who have held this position.I'm retired,have lots of time on my hands and could use the large pension to add to my others pensions.It took me 50years to accumulate my pensions,I figure two years as TRUST BOSS I could more than double my present pension income.Yes I'll take the job.
I'm available,I'm not qualified,but I couldn't do any worse than the others who have held this position.I'm retired,have lots of time on my hands and could use the large pension to add to my others pensions.It took me 50years to accumulate my pensions,I figure two years as TRUST BOSS I could more than double my present pension income.Yes I'll take the job. boltonnut

6:13pm Sat 9 Feb 13

retsof says...

Appoint from outside the NHS, those furthest from the ball, can see where it should be kicked!!
Appoint from outside the NHS, those furthest from the ball, can see where it should be kicked!! retsof

10:19pm Sat 9 Feb 13

macauley says...

more trouble at the mill then.
more trouble at the mill then. macauley

12:35am Tue 12 Feb 13

BoltonLancs says...

'bosses'..? Who are the bosses?? Surely one of the 'bosses' would have a clue and could give it a go..???
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......ahhh...the bosses...the immune delegators....whom we must never reveal.....
..these inner clubs, these inner circles of power...we are watching you...!!!!
'bosses'..? Who are the bosses?? Surely one of the 'bosses' would have a clue and could give it a go..??? ......... ......ahhh...the bosses...the immune delegators....whom we must never reveal..... ..these inner clubs, these inner circles of power...we are watching you...!!!! BoltonLancs

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