Health chief retires after 33 years

The Bolton News: Ann Schenk has worked more than 30 years in healthcare in Bolton Ann Schenk has worked more than 30 years in healthcare in Bolton

ROYAL Bolton Hospital is bidding farewell to one of its most experienced directors after working for more than 30 years in healthcare in the town.

Ann Schenk, originally from Nottingham, first became interested in the NHS when working for the North West Regional Health Authority at a temp in neurosurgery.

The 57-year-old later started working for the authority in Bolton in 1980 before eventually becom-ing director of strategy and improvement in 1996.

Mrs Schenk says her commitment to the NHS and healthcare in the town is down to the “will and ability” of the people she has worked with over the years.

The mum-of-two expla-ined: “I am very proud to work for the NHS but I am not blind to the fact that it does have its short-comings.

“I really think there’s both a will and an ability in Bolton to keep getting better and to keep solving problems. That is a huge asset.

“The past year has been really testing and at times awful for the trust.

“I think coming out of the past 12 months on the back of that really shows how much stronger we are. There have been a lot of people coming and going but I think all of that instability has left the system.

“I genuinely believe there is a real quality to this trust and that’s down to good people who want to work together and really move on from what has happened.”

Dr Jackie Bene, Acting Chief Executive at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Ann has given long and loyal service to health care in Bolton.

“She has supported the trust through a number of important transitions including becoming a maternity and children’s supercentre under the Making It Better programme.

“She has also been especially prominent in quality improvement, helping the trust gain international recognition.

“Ann’s hard work and commitment to the trust, its staff and patients have earned her great respect and we all wish her well for the future.”

Mrs Schenk also remains optimistic about the future of the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

She added: “There are going to be big changes to healthcare in Greater Manchester and it will have an impact on Bolton. But I am really confident about two things we have got to get right.

“The first thing is keeping people better supported in the community and secondly to ensure Bolton is a really strong hospital provider in Greater Manchester.”

Mrs Schenk, who lives in Heaton with her husband, admits adapting to retired life will take time but is looking forward to taking on some new challenges, such as learning to teach English as a foreign language.

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2:59pm Wed 1 Jan 14

MalcM59 says...

Nice to be able to retire at 57 !
Nice to be able to retire at 57 ! MalcM59

11:25pm Wed 1 Jan 14

steveG says...

Giving good service to an organisation is easier if you too receive adequate monetary rewards and to be able to retire at 57 suggests the NHS has also been a great servant to Mrs Schenk.
Giving good service to an organisation is easier if you too receive adequate monetary rewards and to be able to retire at 57 suggests the NHS has also been a great servant to Mrs Schenk. steveG

1:25am Thu 2 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

steveG wrote:
Giving good service to an organisation is easier if you too receive adequate monetary rewards and to be able to retire at 57 suggests the NHS has also been a great servant to Mrs Schenk.
as she has been to the NHS
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: Giving good service to an organisation is easier if you too receive adequate monetary rewards and to be able to retire at 57 suggests the NHS has also been a great servant to Mrs Schenk.[/p][/quote]as she has been to the NHS oftbewildered2

8:55am Thu 2 Jan 14

macauley says...

talk about leaving a sinking ship?.
talk about leaving a sinking ship?. macauley

12:04pm Thu 2 Jan 14

boltonnut says...

Huge pension at the cost of inadequate service to the people of Bolton was not mentioned in this article?????????????
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Huge pension at the cost of inadequate service to the people of Bolton was not mentioned in this article????????????? ??? boltonnut

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