Paul Devlin has been appointed as Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Paul will take up office on 1 January 2020, for an initial term of three years. This appointment follows the departure of Dean Fathers, who has been Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare since 2009 and completes his tenure at the end of December 2019.
Paul has an extensive track record in NHS leadership, following a long career in the charity sector as well as in significant NHS Board level roles. In his roles at Age Concern England, Headway, and Action for Children he led strategic engagement with healthcare commissioners and providers, developing successful partnerships and new models of care delivery. This complemented his six years as a Non-Executive Director at Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust where he was part of the team successfully transferring the commissioning of health to new Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Paul has been Chair of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), Lincolnshire’s mental health and learning disability Trust, where he led a three-year quality improvement programme to take LPFT from a CQC (Care Quality Commission) “Requires improvement” rating (including “Inadequate” for Safe) to “Good” (including “Good” for Safe in every service, and “Outstanding” in the Well-led domain). Paul will remain Chair at Lincolnshire as well as taking up his new role in Nottinghamshire
Paul commented: “I am delighted to have been appointed Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare at this important time in its evolution. I believe my experience, including in leading Lincolnshire Partnership through a cultural evolution and continuous quality improvement journey, means I am well placed to bring fresh leadership to the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Board and Council of Governors alongside the Chief Executive, Executive Directors, Non-Executive Directors and Governors.”
Jenny Britton is Lead Governor of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Council of Governors: “We are delighted to make this important appointment at such an critical point for Nottinghamshire Healthcare. The Trust has seen some step changes since the appointment of John Brewin as Chief Executive and I am sure this new leadership partnership will have a positive impact of the future success of the Trust. I look forward to welcoming Paul, in his new role in the New Year.”