NHS Trusts combine resources with joint CEO

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will work in closer collaboration under the stewardship of Kevin McGee, who has been appointed as the chief executive and accountable officer of both organisations.

He has held the role on a temporary basis since May, with both Trust Boards, NHS England and NHS Improvement supporting the appointment on a permanent basis.

This strategy of collaboration follows extensive discussions with board members of both organisations, the governors at Blackpool FT, governance advisors and regulators and will see both trusts benefit form sharing good practice and experience.

The trusts believe the collaboration will result in enhanced levels of care, improved performance and a drive towards financial sustainability. 

The move to greater collaboration is in line with the national NHS strategy and the NHS Long Term Plan and reflects a shift in the way providers in Lancashire and South Cumbria will work together in future to meet the significant health and care needs of the population.

Kevin said: I'm delighted to be appointed to this role and excited at the prospect of carrying on leading both Trusts on their continuing improvement journeys at what is undoubtedly a challenging time for everyone working in the NHS.

The staff are all among the best I've ever worked with.

"Both Trusts have much to commend them, especially the staff - who are all among the best I've ever worked with. I am totally committed to ensuring that the people of Fylde Coast and East Lancashire have access to the best services possible, in the most appropriate place, provided by the NHS. I'd like to thank my executive colleagues, senior teams, the members of both boards and governors at Blackpool for their support and confidence."

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