Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) is welcoming Mairead McCormick as its chief executive after she moved on from her post at the ‘outstanding’ Kingston NHS Foundation Trust.
A nurse by background, Mairead is an experienced director with 34 years in the NHS. For the past five years, she has been chief operating officer and deputy chief executive at Kingston NHS Foundation Trust, which also holds an outstanding Care Quality Commission rating.
Mairead, who lives in Hever, Sevenoaks, joins on the same day that integrated care systems become law across the country; bringing together the NHS, councils and other community and voluntary partners to join up care and place an emphasis on prevention.
She said: “I truly believe community services are the glue which hold the health and care system together, so it is a great privilege for me to lead KCHFT in making lives better for people in Kent, East Sussex and London. I am looking forward to meeting and working with staff across the organisation as well as with patients, governors, volunteers and partners, to deliver high quality care.”Mairead McCormick
KCHFT Chair John Goulston said: “Mairead comes to us with an excellent track record of achievement and we are really looking forward to Mairead working with us. I’m delighted her first day (1 July) also coincides with our Staff Awards, where we will celebrate the amazing contribution of colleagues at KCHFT during the past year and look ahead to what more we can achieve under Mairead’s leadership.”
Mairead will take over from Acting Chief Executive Gordon Flack, who will resume his role as deputy chief executive and finance director.
About Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS community health providers in England, serving a population of about 1.4 million across Kent and 600,000 in East Sussex and London. Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.
It provides wide-ranging NHS care for people in the community, in a range of settings including people’s own homes; nursing homes; health clinics; community hospitals; minor injury units and in mobile units.
It is one of the largest NHS community health providers in England, serving a population of about 1.4 million across Kent and 600,000 in East Sussex and London. It employs more than 5,000 staff, including doctors, community nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians and many other healthcare professionals.