Christine Allen has been appointed chief executive of the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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She will replace interim chief executive David Hill who took the reigns at James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston in April last year following the publication of a damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) report.

Ms Allen is due to start in the early summer.

She is currently the deputy chief executive and chief operating officer at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.

Announcing the appointment, the trust said Ms Allen had been “instrumental in leading significant transformational change and service redesign” in elderly care, urgent care and stroke services at Northampton General.

Chairman of the trust David Wright said: “Under the leadership of Christine Allen we can go from strength to strength and continue to build on the strong position in which we find ourselves.

“I am sure she will be an excellent successor to David Hill, to whom we all owe a huge debt of gratitude for all has done since returning here in April last year.”

Ms Allen said: “I am delighted to be appointed as chief executive of the James Paget Hospital.

“I have visited the hospital on several occasions now and am really impressed with what I’ve seen and the people I’ve met.”

It marks a fresh start for the James Paget following a turbulent time.

The CQC issued three warnings to the trust after it failed to meet standards in dignity and nutrition, service provision and patient care and welfare.

But after a number of changes and the return of Mr Hill, the final warning was removed last June when the health watchdog ruled that the hospital had made a remarkable recovery.

6 comments

  • Whipsnade has said it all really. When organisations start talking about "transformational" change we the people realise they have lost the plot!

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    philski

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Hopefully she'll do a good job.

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    doctorwho

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Northampton General Hospital plans to axe 310 jobs..quoted on 23 May 2011: "This is a very challenging programme for us," said the hospital's acting chief executive Christine Allen. This is what is meant by .....“instrumental in leading significant transformational change and service redesign”...by the JP trust. Oh yes.Called sacking staff in plain english.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • First she has to rid this hospital of all the nepotism that infests it especially amongst the admin depts. Well overstaffed. Get rid of half of them and then force the other half to work harder.

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    "V"

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Congratulations on the new appointment and breaking through the glass ceiling. We can all comment on the implementation of Ms. Allen’s plans when she discloses them. Until then I reserve judgment.

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    Paul Morley

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Just when JPH was doing well we turn to Northampton General Hospital for a replacement CEO. Northampton seems to have a lot of problems. It was one of those named as having dangerously low staffing levels. Over 300 hundreds jobs have been cut in an effort to find savings of £30m and it would appear the hospital being merged with Kettering Hospital which has resulted in its CEO resigning . In 2012 the NGH had a greater proportion of emergency patients waiting more than four hours than almost any other hospital. Is this really the place we should have gone looking for someone to replace David Hill who has done such a good job? Why do I have a feeling of deja vous about all of this.

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    BG

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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