Long-standing Medical Director, Dr Phil Hughes, has announced he will retire in June.
Dr Hughes, a Consultant Radiologist, joined the Trust in 1993 and was appointed Medical Director in 2013. He has continued to work as a radiologist as well as carrying out his senior leadership role for the last seven years.
Dr Hughes said: “I have loved this role, despite its many challenges. I will be sorry to leave an organisation, which I have been a part of for 27 years. This is a fantastic place to be a Medical Director and a practising clinician. UHP is constantly changing, developing and innovating and I have really enjoyed working with so many ambitious, capable and compassionate colleagues. You all make such a difference to the lives of patients and families and your desire to constantly improve is an asset to those of us in leadership roles.
“But, in March, I will be 60 and have notified the Chief Executive and the Board of my intention to retire at the end of June. I remain fully committed to the challenges that UHP face over the forthcoming year and feel privileged to have been a part of so many developments and achievements in my time as the Medical Director. I will leave the organisation with a host of great memories and admiration for all who work at the hospital.”
During Dr Hughes’ tenure the Trust has continued to deliver high quality clinical care and outcomes for patients; developed an open and transparent culture as demonstrated by our high incident reporting rate and low levels of harm; been rated Outstanding for Caring by inspectors for the last four years; attracted more than £80m to invest in interventional theatres, a new Emergency Department and additional diagnostic equipment; is leading the way nationally with Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) clinical specialty work, which is making sure our services are the best they can be; opened new units including a new Acute Assessment Unit and a helipad in line with our status as a Major Trauma Centre.
The process will now begin to advertise for and recruit a new Medical Director. The Medical Director is the most senior doctor in management in a trust. S/he sits on the Trust Board providing experience and advice on all medical matters and ensuring that appropriate systems and mechanisms are in place to safeguard the quality of the clinical care patients receive.