THE chief executive of the Countess of Chester Hospital is leaving to take up a new post but confident he is leaving the organisation in good shape.
Peter Herring, who has led the Countess for the last 12 years, will become the boss of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust when he leaves at the beginning of September.
Mr Herring said: “I’m immensely sorry on one level to be leaving the trust, I will miss the organisation, I will miss the people and the team here, but I feel satisfied the trust is in a good position with some exciting and positive plans going forward.
“For me, I’m leaving after 12 years to take on a bigger challenge because the trust I’m going to is quite a bit bigger in terms of activity and money and for me it’s a fresh challenge.
“While I will miss it here I am looking forward to starting at Shrewsbury and Telford.”
Ian Harvey, the new medical director at the Countess, said: “He’s done a huge job and is immensely respected within the trust and he’s led from the front. He’s not backed off from any of the challenges and by and large he’s been able to take everyone forward and there have been huge developments at this place during his tenure – a difficult act to follow.”
Looking to the future, Mr Harvey said the ‘general morale’ of the workforce was ‘higher than it’s been for quite long time’.
He added: “The staff are aware of the commitment to taking services forward. We have got an incredibly committed staff. It’s a slightly glib phrase but they are very patient-centred.”
Under Mr Herring’s leadership the Countess became one of the first 10 foundation trusts in the country in 2004.