THE Chief Executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust has stepped down after ten years at the helm.
Glenn Douglas is moving to the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, where he will work as the senior responsible officer on a full-time basis
The partnership was set up in 2016 to act as a forum for hospital trusts, councils and Kent’s eight clinical commissioning groups to decide how the NHS will work in future as part of a drive to make substantial savings.
Mr Douglas said It has been ‘a real privilege’ to work at the trust, adding it had ‘come a long way’ during the past decade.
“The progress we have made would simply not have been possible without so many truly excellent and dedicated people working across every aspect of patient care.”
During his tenure he oversaw the closure of the Kent and Sussex Hospital in the centre of town and the redevelopment of Pembury Hospital into the modern Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
His time also coincided with the trust being placed in Special Financial Measures in July 2016 due to its ballooning deficit. It exited the programme in June.
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust chairman David Highton said: “Glenn joined the Trust at its lowest ebb in 2007. Through his leadership and the continued hard work of our staff MTW has improved the quality and safety of the care it provides tens of thousands of patients every year.
“The wellbeing of our patients remains our absolute priority and I look forward to working with our acting CEO Jim Lusby over the coming months to reach even more of our goals to improve our patient experience and wellbeing”.