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New Chief Executive joins Lancashire Care!

Posted on the 5th April 2019

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has recently appointed a new Chief Executive from an NHS trust that was recently rated ‘Outstanding’ under her leadership and is set to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in the delivery of excellent healthcare in the North West.

Caroline Donovan has recently joined Lancashire Care from North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust (NSCHT) which the Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently rated ‘Outstanding’ under her leadership. NSCHT is one of only two specialist mental health trusts in the country to be rated outstanding.

Caroline brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the North West and is committed to ensuring improvements in the delivery of mental health provision across Lancashire and South Cumbria along with our partner organisations that include Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, which has also been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC. She was Chief Executive at NSCHT for the last five years and gained extensive experience at the Executive Director level having undertaken Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive roles.

A Registered General Nurse for over 30 years, Caroline began her career in healthcare as a nurse and health visitor. Throughout her career, Caroline has gained experience in workforce and organisational development and is CIPD qualified. She has also previously held the post of Regional Associate Director of Workforce for NHS West Midlands Strategic Health Authority and has been a Non-Executive Director for the Learning and Skills Regional Council (2008-10).

David Eva, Chair at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to have Caroline on board and look forward to working closely with her to achieve the Trust’s objectives over the next few years. Caroline brings with her a wealth of experience, which will be a huge asset to the Trust’s Board of Directors and we’re looking forward to her perspective when it comes to improving services for the people we serve.

“On behalf of the organisation I’d like to acknowledge the amazing contribution that Heather Tierney-Moore has made as Chief Executive over the last ten years and wish her well for the future.”

Caroline Donovan, Chief Executive of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“I’m delighted to be joining Lancashire Care and am excited about the privilege of leading the Trust to continue to improve health services for local people. I am also greatly looking forward to working with colleagues across the wider health and care system to help shape future health and care services across Lancashire and South Cumbria.”

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