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New boss appointed to lead East of England Ambulance Service

The ambulance trust which serves West Norfolk has named its new chief executive.

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) today announced the appointment of Tom Abell, pictured right, who is currently deputy chief executive of the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

He is expected to take up the role this autumn.

New East of England Ambulance Service chief executive Tom Abell (46892066)
New East of England Ambulance Service chief executive Tom Abell (46892066)

The trust has been without a permanent leader since former Queen Elizabeth Hospital boss Dorothy Hosein stood down in January, on health grounds.

The move followed a turbulent period for the organisation, in which it was put into special measures, after inspectors found it had failed to ensure the safety of both staff and patients by not responding properly to complaints of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behaviour.

EEAST chairman Nicola Scrivings said: “Tom brings significant experience in the NHS and, just as importantly, has been a key part in building a positive culture for staff.

“These qualities will be central to building and leading a stable and successful executive team to continue to improve our culture for our valued staff, and maintain high-quality services for our patients.”

In a message to EEAST’s staff, Mr Abell said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as Chief Executive.

“Having grown up in Norfolk and spent the vast majority of my career working across the East of England, I know the difference our staff make to the people we serve.

“I also know that, despite the professional and personal challenges we have all faced during the pandemic, EEAST has performed incredibly well operationally.

“Many staff have spoken up recently about how the culture needs to change. Work has already begun to create positive change at EEAST and as chief executive, a key part of my role will be to support and equip staff to drive the improvements we want to see.

“These changes are ultimately the best way to make sure we provide excellent care for the long-term.”

Dr Tom Davis, who has been interim chief executive in recent months, will return to his roles as deputy chief executive and medical director when Mr Abell arrives.

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