Poole Hospital appoints new chief executive officer

Bournemouth Echo: Debbie Fleming Debbie Fleming

A NEW chief executive officer with almost 30 years experience in the NHS has been appointed to lead Poole Hospital.

Debbie Fleming, currently Wessex area director for NHS England, plans to implement a “new strategy” to take the hospital through difficult times.

She began her management career at Poole Hospital in the 1980s, later serving as chief executive of Bournemouth and Poole Primary Care Trust and will take over from Chris Bown, who steps down from the top spot on April 1 2014.

Trust chairman Angela Schofield described her as a “high calibre leader”.

She said: “Debbie is an extremely experienced and capable person with all the attributes required to steer this trust through the challenges ahead.

“I am delighted that we have secured such a high calibre leader with a proven track record in the NHS.”

Debbie has held a variety of senior posts since joining the NHS in 1984, including more than a decade in chief executive roles at Bournemouth & Poole and Hampshire primary care trusts.

She was also the general manager for medicine at Poole Hospital for ten years in the 1990s and said she was “pleased and proud” to be returning as the new chief executive officer.

“Like many organisations, the trust is currently facing a number of very significant challenges,” she said.

“However, I am looking forward to working with staff, clinicians, and all local stakeholders to develop and implement a new strategy that will take us through these difficult times.

“In this way, we will create a sustainable future, and Poole Hospital will continue to provide excellent, high quality services for local people.”

Angela Schofield paid tribute to Chris Bown saying: “Chris’s sterling leadership, energy, hard work and commitment to patients have been a driving force in ensuring that Poole remains a hospital focused on quality of care, and he has played an influential role in improving services for patients in Dorset.”

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1:09pm Tue 24 Dec 13

SeafaringMan says...

PGH has seen me and my loved ones through more than one medical crisis over the years and I am a great supporter of the hospital and its staff. I wish Debbie and the Hospital and all staff the best of fortune for the coming period.
PGH has seen me and my loved ones through more than one medical crisis over the years and I am a great supporter of the hospital and its staff. I wish Debbie and the Hospital and all staff the best of fortune for the coming period. SeafaringMan

3:07pm Tue 24 Dec 13

60plus says...

I would not trust her as far as I could throw her,she says one thing and does the opposite,god help PGH,
I would not trust her as far as I could throw her,she says one thing and does the opposite,god help PGH, 60plus

3:13pm Tue 24 Dec 13

mikeymagic says...

Can she kick that muppet Spotswood out of his role? I bet it wouldn't take £5m on consultants.
Can she kick that muppet Spotswood out of his role? I bet it wouldn't take £5m on consultants. mikeymagic

3:16pm Tue 24 Dec 13

fireflier says...

Merry Christmas to all the staff at Poole Hospital.

Wonderful people and hope the new boss makes it even better.
Merry Christmas to all the staff at Poole Hospital. Wonderful people and hope the new boss makes it even better. fireflier

4:56pm Tue 24 Dec 13

SeafaringMan says...

I notice that the Christmas spirit has not reached all the posters here on the Echo website!
I notice that the Christmas spirit has not reached all the posters here on the Echo website! SeafaringMan

5:02pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Ebb Tide says...

60plus wrote:
I would not trust her as far as I could throw her,she says one thing and does the opposite,god help PGH,
We had better be watchful then !!
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: I would not trust her as far as I could throw her,she says one thing and does the opposite,god help PGH,[/p][/quote]We had better be watchful then !! Ebb Tide

5:50pm Tue 24 Dec 13

poolebob says...

60plus wrote:
I would not trust her as far as I could throw her,she says one thing and does the opposite,god help PGH,
Oh and what makes you say that. What evidence do you have?
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: I would not trust her as far as I could throw her,she says one thing and does the opposite,god help PGH,[/p][/quote]Oh and what makes you say that. What evidence do you have? poolebob

9:33pm Tue 24 Dec 13

60plus says...

She use to be my boss,
She use to be my boss, 60plus

4:36pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Ebb Tide says...

In taking our hospital through 'difficult times', it is trusted that all the services will still be provided and neither "sold'' because they are too effective and "crowd out" the private sector, nor "sold" because they are financially inefficient (when assessed by the current unfair / illegal National Tariff). It is very obvious that a large part of the national media is seeking to denigrate the NHS to soften up the public to swallow the pill of privatisation that appeals to some politicians.

It is not commonly known that the NHS ranks as one of the most cost effective, equitable and efficient health services in the world and our Poole hospital is a notable leader within the NHS. This is no mean feat since the NHS, amongst other things, performs over 10 million operations per year and deals with nearly 22 million Accident and Emergency cases per year or 61,000 patients per day.

Team effort has ensured that Poole hospital is so notable within the NHS and such team effort needs to be cultivated. No doubt our governors will be ensuring this happens.

Cynics might say that if a government cannot 'stab an organisation in the back' then it can be expected to ensure that some get appointed within the organisation that will 'stab it in the front'. It is noted that our governors do have 'hire and fire' responsibilities concerning key roles that control team building possibilities.

Let us hope that Debbie Flemming is yet another effective team builder intent on ensuring that Poole hospital develops its lead role within the NHS and continues to satisfy the locality with all the reliable services for which it has become known.

Meanwhile my grateful thanks are offered to all the various teams within Poole hospital together with my best wishes for them to have a happy New Year.
In taking our hospital through 'difficult times', it is trusted that all the services will still be provided and neither "sold'' because they are too effective and "crowd out" the private sector, nor "sold" because they are financially inefficient (when assessed by the current unfair / illegal National Tariff). It is very obvious that a large part of the national media is seeking to denigrate the NHS to soften up the public to swallow the pill of privatisation that appeals to some politicians. It is not commonly known that the NHS ranks as one of the most cost effective, equitable and efficient health services in the world and our Poole hospital is a notable leader within the NHS. This is no mean feat since the NHS, amongst other things, performs over 10 million operations per year and deals with nearly 22 million Accident and Emergency cases per year or 61,000 patients per day. Team effort has ensured that Poole hospital is so notable within the NHS and such team effort needs to be cultivated. No doubt our governors will be ensuring this happens. Cynics might say that if a government cannot 'stab an organisation in the back' then it can be expected to ensure that some get appointed within the organisation that will 'stab it in the front'. It is noted that our governors do have 'hire and fire' responsibilities concerning key roles that control team building possibilities. Let us hope that Debbie Flemming is yet another effective team builder intent on ensuring that Poole hospital develops its lead role within the NHS and continues to satisfy the locality with all the reliable services for which it has become known. Meanwhile my grateful thanks are offered to all the various teams within Poole hospital together with my best wishes for them to have a happy New Year. Ebb Tide

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