Chesterfield Royal Hospital has new leader

Simon Morritt. Picture: Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
Simon Morritt. Picture: Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
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Chesterfield Royal Hospital has welcomed its new chief executive, Simon Morritt.

He is the seventh leader of the Royal, which serves more than 400,000 people across north Derbyshire.

Mr Morritt, who has more than 25 years of NHS experience under his belt, said: "I consider it a real privilege to have this opportunity.

"The Royal is already a successful hospital with strong values and ambitions that aim for continued improvement.

"My focus is on delivering strong performance so local people know that they will get the best possible care and experience when they come into our hospital.

"I also want the Royal to use its 'Proud to Care' values not only to improve what it does for patients – but also to be determined to improve the workplace for its valuable staff."

He added: "There are some huge challenges for the NHS but I believe that the Royal's strength lies in the close partnerships and relationships it has already built.

"By working in networks with other hospitals, community services and social care, we can lead and shape the new services that will transform how we look after people's health and well‐being.

"The NHS is changing and I am looking forward to taking the Royal forward ‐ and to help it thrive as it makes its own choices about its future."

Dr Helen Phillips, chair of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Simon brings the talent, energy and vision we need to succeed.

"We are looking forward to seeing some real pace in delivering our six strategic outcomes – including achieving a Care Quality Commission 'outstanding' rating and being in the top 20 per cent of trusts as a good place to work."