Trust announces departure of Chief Executive

Date: 22 March 2021


James Devine, Chief Executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust, is to leave the organisation in the spring.

James, who joined the Trust as Executive Director of HR in 2016, was appointed Chief Executive two and half years ago.

A former HPMA HR Director of the Year, with experience at Great Ormond Street and elsewhere, James started his career at Medway and fulfilled an ambition when he was appointed to lead the Trust.

He said: “Medway is my local hospital, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I have been incredibly proud to be Chief Executive, and privileged to work with colleagues who care as passionately as me about caring for our patients.

“We have so much to be proud of – an outstanding critical care unit which has ensured excellent care for the sickest patients during the pandemic, a first class maternity service, and enhanced care for some of the most vulnerable people such as elderly patients, those with dementia, and those nearing the end of life.

“There is clearly more to do to ensure we are providing the best of care in all areas, and as we embark on the next phase of our transformation, I feel now is the right time to hand over the reins of leadership.”

The Trust’s Chair, Jo Palmer, said: “James has done a huge amount during his time at Medway, and since he became Chief Executive he has worked hard to improve the culture at the Trust. He has invigorated the hospital in many areas, ensuring a compassionate and patient-centred approach which is the foundation of our improvement programme.”

Anne Eden, South East Regional Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: “I would like to thank James for his contribution at Medway NHS Foundation Trust and to the NHS’ response to COVID-19 over the past year, and to wish him all the best for the future."

A process is now underway to appoint a new chief executive.

  • Summary:

    James Devine, Chief Executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust, is to leave the organisation in the spring to take up a national role.