5 April 2016
NHS organisations* working together within the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Success Regime (NEW Devon) have agreed a new approach to leadership to deliver services that are clinically and financially sustainable.
It was announced today that Angela Pedder will head the approach as lead chief executive in Northern, Eastern and Western Devon. In this role, Angela will lead the delivery of changes agreed through the Success Regime to make sure that the residents of Devon have access to high quality health care that is affordable within the resources allocated to the county. Angela will be responsible for leading delivery of change with all NHS organisations in Devon on a collaborative basis.
Chief executives, chairs, their boards, leading clinicians and broader health and social care colleagues from the local organisations in Devon unanimously endorsed the new approach, which will help to transform local services.
It is an important and ground-breaking role for the Devon community and a demonstration of the commitment of all the organisations involved to work collectively for the people they serve.
The Success Regime is a national programme led by NHS England and NHS Improvement to protect and promote services for patients in local health and care systems that face challenges by providing increased support and direction. Both organisations have been closely involved in the development of the new leadership and governance approach in Devon.
Andrew Ridley, Regional Director (South) for NHS England, said: “The NEW Devon community has established a new approach to working together to deliver clinically and financially sustainable services for people in Devon and Plymouth.
“The challenges the system faces to reach a point of clinical and financial sustainability are significant, as the recent Case for Change demonstrates.
“We are committed to supporting the health and social care system in its journey, and are encouraged by the positive signs of improvement in a relatively short space of time.
“We have been impressed by the leadership Angela Pedder has shown, and are pleased to endorse the decision to appoint her to the lead chief executive role. We will continue to liaise closely with Angela and the Devon chief executives as the work of the Success Regime continues.”
Anne Eden, NHS Improvement’s Acting Executive Regional Managing Director (South), said: “This is a strong example of how NHS organisations and their social care partners can collaborate and improve, as they seek to transform services for patients.
“We are committed to continuing to support the Devon system as it develops and implements its plans. We will continue to work with Angela and the other Devon chief executives to deliver on their challenging but exciting mandate.”
James Brent, Chairman of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E), said: “Angela has been discussing her plans to stand down from her role at the RD&E with the Board for some time and we have been making the necessary plans to recruit a replacement.
“Angela will remain as the RD&E’s chief executive and accountable officer until her replacement has been identified; this is anticipated to be in early summer 2016. In the interim she will divide her time between the Success Regime and the RD&E.
“Angela has served the RD&E, its staff and patients well over the last 19 years and she will be missed. Over this time she has built a first-class leadership, who will build upon the legacy she leaves.
“We are delighted she will continue to play a leading role within Devon.
I am sure her characteristic passion and commitment to safe and sustainable care for patients and populations will bring major benefits to all communities across Devon and Plymouth.”
A recruitment process to replace Angela will commence shortly.
* The NHS organisations working together are (in alphabetical order): Devon Partnership NHS Trust; NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group; Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust; Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust; Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.