The chief executive of Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital is to leave her post to take up a role as head of one of the country’s top health bodies.
The hospital announced yesterday afternoon that Patricia Wright has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).
She said: “I will be very sad to leave the trust as I remain passionate about it and its future. However, career opportunities such as this only come up very rarely and I felt I could not turn it down.”
News of her departure comes amid renewed concerns over the trust’s financial position and barely two weeks after a highly critical report into care standards was published by the Care Quality Commission.
She added: “I recognise these are difficult times but in the time I have left here I intend to support the work of our very dedicated team so that I can leave the Trust in good shape for my successor.”
The exact date of Mrs Wright’s departure is not yet known, as a period of notice still needs to be agreed with the trust’s board.
However, a spokesman said she would not be leaving imminently. An interim chief executive will be appointed in due course.
Trust chairman Kate Gordon said: “I congratulate Patricia on her appointment to this important leadership role in one of the major medical colleges and wish her well in pursuing her career in a different but equally challenging area of health care.
“I have extended my personal thanks and the thanks of the whole trust to Patricia for the major contribution she has made to the work of the hospital through her unstinting commitment and leadership.”
RCP president Sir Richard Thompson said: “I’m delighted to welcome Patricia. She brings useful and practical knowledge of the NHS, which will be of great benefit to the RCP.”