East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has announced that its new Chief Executive will be Tracey Fletcher.
Tracey is currently the Chief Executive at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London which she had led since 2013. The Homerton Hospital was rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission last year.
Tracey lives in East Kent near Deal and is passionate about local services. She worked at EKHUFT as Chief Operating Officer between 2008 and 2010.
Tracey said: “I am delighted to be joining East Kent Hospitals as its CEO. It is a real privilege to be appointed to my local Trust and as a local resident I am very aware of the Trust’s vital role in its community, as a provider of care and as an employer.
“I am looking forward to working with staff across the organisation as well as with governors, volunteers and partners, to deliver great healthcare for patients and a great place to work for staff.”Tracey Fletcher
The Trust’s Chairman Niall Dickson, said: “We are fortunate to have attracted such an experienced NHS leader with a great track record and a total commitment to continue our drive to improve the care we provide to the people of East Kent.”
Anne Eden, Regional Director for NHS England and Improvement, South East added: “We are delighted to welcome Tracey to the South East. Tracey brings with her a great deal of energy and experience which will be invaluable to both the Trust and the Kent and Medway Integrated Care System.”
Niall continued: “The Trust’s Board is immensely grateful to Susan for her dedication to the NHS and to the Trust. She has led the organisation through the pandemic, the most challenging period in the history of the NHS, has overseen many key changes and secured much needed investment for some of our key services.
“We are aware that there is more we need to do to provide consistently high standards of care for all our patients, but we believe that this organisation has huge potential. Under Tracey’s leadership we will do everything we can to support our staff to provide the best possible care and to work closely with all our partners in East Kent.
“Tracey’s appointment enables a smooth transition as the Trust moves to the next stage of its improvement journey.”
Tracey Fletcher will take over from Susan Acott in the Spring. Susan announced in September that she would be leaving the Trust next year, after four years as CEO.