Boss at world-famous Papworth Hospital lured to Derby

The trust that runs hospitals in Derby and Burton has announced that a new chief executive has been appointed. Stephen Posey, who is currently in the same role at “outstanding” rated Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, will take up his new position from September.

Mr Posey, who has more than 25 years of experience in the health service with five years spent at Papworth, was previously deputy chief executive at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

In a statement, the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB) trust said it was “delighted” to announce the appointment, “following a thorough and competitive recruitment process”. But it was unable to reveal the salary Mr Posey would receive although his predecessor, Gavin Boyle, who left in January, was on a salary of up to £265,000.

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During his time at Royal Papworth, Mr Posey delivered the move to a new state-of-the-art clinical site on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and led it to become the first in the country to receive an “outstanding” rating across all Care Quality Commission (CQC) domains.

In 2019, working in partnership with the University of Cambridge, Mr Posey secured funding for the co-located Heart and Lung Research Institute, which will open in spring and see new treatments created, tested and delivered to tackle the biggest causes of premature death in the world.

UHDB trust chair Dr Kathy McLean said: “Stephen’s experience and expertise will help us build on our successes as a Trust to date and support the delivery of our strategy to provide exceptional care together and the best outcomes for patients. Stephen has a strong track record on delivering both great quality and performance alongside excellent ties with research and academic institutions, something we as a university teaching hospital are continuing to work towards.”

Mr Posey said it was “a real privilege” to be taking up his new role and added: “Its talented, dedicated staff and volunteers serve a vast community and I am very much looking forward to working alongside them and our partners to help deliver the best possible care to our patients.”

Currently, Dr Magnus Harrison is acting as interim chief executive and will continue in this role until Mr Posey joins the trust in September. This also means that Dr James Crampton and Simon Crowther will continue in their roles as interim executive medical director and interim deputy chief executive, respectively, during this time.

Mr Boyle moved to take up the role of chief executive of South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board.