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Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust

Better care fund loses second director this year

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The better care fund has lost its second director since the start of the year.

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NHS England has confirmed to LGC’s sister title Health Service Journal that Ann Radmore will be leaving the role, which she took up in February. She is going to Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust on an interim basis to cover the current chief executive’s sick leave.

Ann Radmore

Ann Radmore will start at Kingston Hospital in September

No one has yet been appointed to replace Ms Radmore. She replaced Andrew Ridley as BCF director when he was appointed director of NHS England’s South region.

Ms Radmore was previously chief executive of the South West London group of primary care trusts and most recently was chief executive of the London Ambulance Service Trust.

She left the ambulance service, which has consistently struggled with poor response times, in January.  

Kingston is currently being investigated by Monitor over its £8.8m deficit and long waits in its accident and emergency department.

Kingston Hospital chair Sian Bates said: “Ann has a huge wealth of experience across the NHS and will be a great asset to the board and executive team over the next few months. Ann and the executive team will lead the work to improve our financial position and continued improvements in our A&E performance and provide assurance to our regulator Monitor in both of these areas.”

Ms Radmore said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Kingston Hospital as the interim chief executive. I have previously worked closely with the trust during my time as chief executive of NHS South West London and have seen for myself the progress made over a number of years. I am looking forward to using my local knowledge together with my wider London and national experience to support the trust over the next few months. I am particularly looking forward to getting out and about in the hospital to meet the staff and patients and learn more about the organisation.”

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