Trust announces appointment of Interim Chief Executive
Date: 07 April 2021
Medway NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that Dr George Findlay will take over as Interim Chief Executive from 1 May. He is currently Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Medical Officer at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, the trust formed following the merger of Western Sussex Hospitals (WSHT) with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH).
During his seven years at WSHT Dr Findlay contributed to the Trust becoming the first non-specialist acute trust in the country to be rated ‘Outstanding’ in all the key inspection areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission. He has also been part of the leadership team at BSUH since 2017, during which the Trust exited special measures and climbed three inspection ratings to Outstanding for Caring and Good overall.
He has been appointed to the interim role at Medway for 18 months.
Jo Palmer, Chair of Medway NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome George to Medway. He joins us at an important time, just as we are entering the second phase of our improvement programme, and as we restart our services following the second wave of the pandemic.
“His experience at Western Sussex will be invaluable as we build on the foundations laid to improve the quality of care for our patients. George’s background will also help us build on our work to become more clinically led, putting our clinical colleagues at the heart of decision-making to enhance patient outcomes.”
Dr Findlay said: “I am very much looking forward to joining Medway, where I believe I will be able to make a difference to patient experience, as the Trust continues to drive improvement across the hospital.”
Dr Findlay is an experienced clinical leader at a national and regional level and a specialist intensive care consultant.
From 2008 to 2014, Dr Findlay was clinical advisor to the Welsh Government on organ donation and transplantation, drafting and consulting on new legislation which culminated in the historic introduction of ‘presumed consent’ in Wales.
In addition, Dr Findlay led the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) over a 10-year period – an enquiry which aimed to identify and make recommendations to improve remedial factors in health care.
His work led to more than 20 national publications that significantly shaped health care standards and policy.
His training as a medical student was at Dundee University, after which he entered the RAF as a medical officer on a short service commission, before returning to the NHS in 1995.
Dr Findlay will replace James Devine, who leaves Medway at the end of April after four and a half years.
Medway NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that Dr George Findlay will take over as Interim Chief Executive from 1 May.