Board developments at Pennine Care

A number of key developments and changes are taking place at Board level within Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Current Chief Executive, Michael McCourt, announced in December that he will be taking up a new role with Central Manchester Foundation Trust, as the interim Chief Executive of the Manchester Provider Board. He will oversee the Board’s response to deliver new models of care within the city.

Michael was appointed Chief Executive of Pennine Care in 2014 and prior to that held director-level posts including Executive Director of Operations and Nursing.

During his 16 years at the Trust, Michael has championed out of hospital care across Greater Manchester and called for parity of esteem for mental health care, keeping the needs of service users at the forefront.

Michael commented: “It has been fantastic to work with so many passionate and committed people across Pennine Care and I would like to thank them all for their support during my time as Chief Executive and 16 year career with the Trust.”

John Schofield, Chairman, said: “The Board would like to thank Michael for his leadership and commitment to Pennine Care; he has been instrumental in ensuring our continued success and sustainability. We wish him every success in his new role and are sure he will continue to positively influence the future of health and social care services across Greater Manchester.

“The Trust has now started a recruitment process to appoint a permanent Chief Executive. The role will be advertised nationally to attract a high calibre candidate.”

Interim arrangements

The executive team will continue to ensure the efficient and effective running of the Trust through the following interim arrangements. From 1 March 2017:

  • Martin Roe, current Executive Director of Finance/Deputy Chief Executive, will become Acting Chief Executive. 
  • Dr Henry Ticehurst, Medical Director, will also become Acting Deputy Chief Executive
  • Emma Tilston, current Deputy Director of Finance will become Acting Executive Director of Finance

Martin Roe said: “Our priorities include implementing improvements following the CQC inspection, moving forward with the five-year Strategic Plan, continuing to have a lead role in the Greater Manchester health and social care developments and above all supporting services to deliver high quality care.”

Tenure of the Chairman

After nine years, John Schofield’s tenure as Chair will also come to an end in October 2017. Therefore, the Trust will also undergo a recruitment process to appoint a new Chair, led by the Council of Governors, later in the year.

He said: “During my final eight months as Chair I will focus on appointing a suitable Chief Executive to lead Pennine Care, whilst continuing to oversee the Board through this period of change.”

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