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Sherwood Forest Hospitals appoints John MacDonald as Chair

John MacDonald Sherwood Forest Hospitals Chair

Partnership working is
vital: John MacDonald


Sherwood Forest Hospitals is delighted to announce that we have appointed our new substantive Chair, John MacDonald, who joins us on 1 March 2017.

John is a highly experienced Chair and former NHS Chief Executive of three major teaching hospitals and has held previous NHS roles in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. He is currently Chair at University Hospitals of North Midlands and will be undertaking a dual role at both Trusts when he joins Sherwood Forest Hospitals next week. John is no stranger to this arrangement, having been the Chair of the Staffordshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) until recently.

John says it is an extremely exciting time to be joining the Trust: “It is clear that Sherwood Forest Hospitals has embarked on a successful journey of improvement – what staff have achieved in the last year is truly fantastic.

“I am looking forward to becoming part of Sherwood Forest Hospital’s journey. I have met many good people in my dealings with the Trust to date, and have been most impressed with the calibre of staff and everyone’s commitment to build on the improvements already made.

“I am particularly passionate about supporting Trusts to take a leading role in local partnerships, the most notable locally being the Nottinghamshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) and the Better Together Alliance. Unless we work more closely with social care, community services, local authorities and other local health and care services, elderly people in particular will not receive the services they need to maintain their independence.

“Added to this, the NHS continues to experience ever-increasing challenges with regard to increasing demand for hospital services and needing to become ever more efficient. Such challenges cannot be resolved if healthcare organisations work in silos, and I believe that my experience and expertise will help support the Trust in strengthening collaborations with partners and, ultimately, in improving our effectiveness.”

Welcoming Mr MacDonald, SFH Lead Governor Sue Holmes said: “We are delighted to welcome John and look forward to working with him. We are proud of the progress made by staff over the past year, which was recognised in the CQC’s recent inspection when the Trust was rated as ‘Good’ for Safety and ‘Good’ for Caring. We have since developed a plan to become an outstanding Trust, and Governors appointed John because we believe his experience and expertise will absolutely help support us in getting there. His experience and dedication to partnership working with the NHS, local authorities and social care will be invaluable as we strengthen collaborations with partners to improve health and care across our local communities.”

Before joining the NHS, John worked with Touche Ross Management Consultants in the UK and has ten years’ experience working as an economist with international aid agencies in Africa and the Middle East.

More recently, he has supported numerous NHS Boards to create highly effective top teams as well as to develop successful Trust strategies.