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Dear Candidate

Thank you for your interest in University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and this exciting opportunity to join us as our new Chief Executive.  I hope that you will enjoy finding out more about our Trust, our values, ambitions and this fantastic leadership opportunity.

I joined the Trust as Chair this summer and have been immediately struck by the huge potential of our organisation.  We are tackling significant financial and operational challenges in a time of significant change and increasing demand in our services.  However, we are by any measure a large and complex organisation with an annual income of c£750m and over 11,000 dedicated staff operating across our two busy acute sites at Royal Stoke University Hospital and the County Hospital at Stafford as well as in our community hospitals.  We provide a wide range of acute and specialist healthcare services to our local populations in Staffordshire, South Cheshire and Shropshire and are also a Major Trauma Centre for a wider population of 3 million people stretching from Anglesey to the Peak District. 

We don’t underestimate the scale of our challenges and we need to prioritise these effectively, however we are making progress in several key areas of performance and our rating of ‘Outstanding’ for Caring from the CQC demonstrates the quality of the experience that we are providing to our patients.  The building blocks are in place and with the right focus I believe we can fulfil our vision to be a top University Teaching Hospital nationally and play a central role locally in the successful transformation of health and care services for the future.

If you are interested in this opportunity to bring your energy and experience to make your mark in this challenging and rewarding position, then I do encourage you to contact Emma Pickup or Robin Staveley of GatenbySanderson in the first instance for a confidential discussion on           .

I look forward to meeting you during the process.

David Wakefield

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