Changes to the Executive Team at Ashford and St. Peter’s were announced recently as part of the move towards Foundation status for the hospitals Trust. These include:

  • Jayne Connelly, Director of Strategic Development will be leaving Ashford and St. Peter’s on 15th July 2005 to take up the post of Director of Service Strategy at South West Peninsula Strategic Health Authority (SHA) which covers Devon & Cornwall; and
  • Ian Mackenzie, has been recruited from the Surrey Health Information Service to take up the position of Director of Information on the Trust Board from 1st July 2005.

Making the announcement Glenn Douglas, Chief Executive said: “The Government has said that every Trust in England will have the opportunity to become a Foundation Trust by 2008. It is important that we start preparing for this now as opportunities arise. Jayne has made a significant contribution to the local health care system, developing and managing the consultation process on the changes to local healthcare and the important business processes associated with that.

“Whilst sad to see Jayne go I am none the less pleased to be able to welcome Ian Mackenzie to the Executive Team as Director of Information. Ian will join the Trust Board in July from Surrey Health Information Service. With the implementation of Payment by Results (PbR) across the health service over the coming years and the move to Foundation status the importance to the Trust of having good reliable data on which sound decision making can be made cannot be overstated. We need to improve our data collection and analysis to ensure that we have the right figures at our finger tips to manage our services in the best interests of patients.”

Following the departure of Nick Hulme to take up a post at an NHS Trust in London earlier this year Antonia Ogden Meade and Michaela Morris have been the Acting Director of Operations taking the lead on elective and emergency issues respectively. With the departure of Jayne Connelly and the appointment of Ian Mackenzie the Trust Board is reviewing the capacity and skills required for a future as a Foundation Trust.

Mr Douglas continued, ““Ensuring that we are well placed to become a Foundation Trust means constantly reviewing what we do and how we do it. That must extend to the Executive team and we are currently reviewing how as a team we will meet the challenges of Foundation status in the future.”

Jayne Connelly returned to Ashford and St. Peter’s in 2002 following a secondment to the National Cancer Action Team. Her role at Ashford and St. Peter’s involved co-ordinating service planning for the Trust including future configuration, clinical service developments and the setting and reviewing of service agreements with local PCTs. She takes up her new post as Director of Service Strategy at South West Peninsula Strategic Health Authority (SHA) on 1st August and will be responsible for leading and managing the strategic development of health services across Devon and Cornwall.

Commenting on her departure Jayne said: ‘I started working at the Trust back in the early 1990s and have seen many changes, the one constant for me has been the friendliness and dedication of staff to improve our services to patients. I leave the Trust with many fond memories and confident that the Trust will continue to go from strength to strength.’

Ian Mackenzie has worked with Ashford and St. Peter’s for 15 years, most recently as part of the Surrey Health Information Service (HIS). Ian joins the Trust Board on 1st July 2005 as Director of Information and will be responsible for all Health Informatics services within Ashford & St. Peter’s, this includes:

  • Information Management
  • Health Records Management and Booking Centre
  • IM&T Training
  • Information Governance
  • Clinical Coding and Data Quality
  • Internal and external web-site content

In addition the Director of Information is also responsible for the management of IT services provided by the Surrey Health Informatics Service (HIS), which includes:

  • Information Technology
  • Patient Administration System Management
  • National Project for Information Technology (NPfIT) Project Management and support

Commenting on his appointment Ian said: “I welcome the opportunity to join the Trust as Director of Information particularly at this critical period in the Trust’s development. Informatics will play a key role in the future provision of healthcare and it is essential that we take full advantage of new opportunities presented to the Trust by the National Programme for IT (NPfIT). I look forward to working with colleagues from all disciplines within Ashford & St. Peter’s to develop this agenda.”


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