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Our Improvement Board

Teams across the Trust are working extremely hard to continue to respond to the significant challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic whilst, at the same time, care for our non-COVID patients.

We are also focused on completing several key pieces of improvement work in the coming year. Whilst we are already making progress on these important areas of work, we now need now to focus and accelerate the delivery. We are very pleased that NHS England/NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) has offered the Trust some additional improvement support which we, as a Trust Board and leadership team, welcome.

This support is being provided in two ways:

Establishment of a System Improvement Board - chaired by the NHSE/I NW Regional Medical Director and including representatives from the Trust, Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group, the Care Quality Commission and the professional regulators.

Appointment of specialist colleagues to support programmes of improvement work alongside Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive; and Dr Shahedal Bari, Medical Director.

The colleagues who have joined our leadership team are:

Simon Bennett, Improvement DirectorSimon has worked in the health sector/NHS for over 25 years and has been the NHSE/I North West Director of Intensive Support since March 2019. He has worked with several systems and acute providers across the Region. He also spent most of last year seconded to Stockport NHS FT as interim Executive Director of Strategy and Transformation.

Simon has previously undertaken a number of national roles for NHSE/I including leading the NHS Seven Day Services Hospital Programme and as Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the implementation of medical revalidation in England.

Damian Riley, Associate Medical DirectorDamian has worked in the NHS for almost 34 years. After nearly 20 years as a GP, he moved into medical management, and over the last 15 years, has held senior positions in a number of commissioning, regulatory, and provider organisations - including Medical Director for Leeds Primary Care Trust and Regional Medical Director for NHS England (North).

In 2015, he took up the post of Executive Medical Director for East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, and was part of the team moving the Trust from “Requires Improvement” to “Good with areas of Outstanding”.

Over the last two years, Damian has worked as Acting Chief Executive of East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, Chair of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Alliance, and Interim Executive Medical Director at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. He has also been an Honorary Professor with the University of Central Lancashire.  

Damian has a thorough knowledge of the Integrated Care System of Lancashire and South Cumbria and is passionate about improving NHS services for the benefit of all patients.  

Jackie Bird, Chief NurseJackie has worked in the NHS for just under 40 years. Her career in nursing began as a registered mental health nurse and then as a registered general nurse. The majority of her clinical career was in Oncology at The Christie Hospital in Manchester working from staff nurse to acting Director of Nursing during her first time there. She then became the first Director of Nursing for the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer Network.

Jackie spent five years at Salford Royal as Deputy Director of Nursing and Governance and was part of their patient safety journey and it was there that her passion for quality in patient safety, patient experience and clinical and research effectiveness began.

Jackie has been an Executive Director since 2007, including as Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Quality at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust where she led the organisation to be rated twice as an Outstanding organisation by the CQC in 2016 and 2018. More recently, Jackie has been the Regional Chief Nurse for NHSE/I where she provided executive and professional leadership for Nurses and Allied Health professionals and was the lead for the operational delivery of the regional governance and quality agenda.