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Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust chief executive Lance McCarthy to leave

The search has begun for a new Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) boss as the chief executive announced he is quitting after seven years.

Lance McCarthy is moving on to become chief executive for Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey.

He said: “It has been a privilege to be the chief executive at PAHT over the last seven years, and I will forever have so many memories from working here.

Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow
Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow

“I know that the trust will continue on its improvement journey with the implementation of a state-of-the-art electronic health record this year (2024) along with increased partnership working and integration of local services, and building a fantastic new hospital for local people.”

Mr McCarthy, who has a degree in economics from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from the University of Westminster, has worked in NHS management since 1994.

Former roles include 20 months as chief executive of Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust and four years and four months as deputy chief executive officer at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

Lance McCarthy
Lance McCarthy

Hattie Llewelyn, chair of PAHT, said: “My congratulations to Lance on his new role and a huge thank you from all the members of the board and people at PAHT.

“Lance has led the trust for the last seven years and I am proud of what he has achieved; from coming out of CQC special measures to being part of the New Hospital Programme and treating 50,000 more patients every year.

“Thank you, Lance, for your passion, compassion and commitment to our people and the patients we care for.”

The recruitment of a new chief executive is under way.

Mr McCarthy will depart at the end of July as the trust contemplates two major building programmes.

In May last year, the Government said it would fund a replacement for Harlow’s ageing Princess Alexandra Hospital by 2030 with a site earmarked off the M11.

The trust is also building a new community diagnostic centre at St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping, expected to open next summer. Both projects are yet to commence construction.

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