New boss for NHS in East Devon

THE NHS body responsible for hospitals in Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary has appointed a new chief executive.

Jac Kelly will oversee a bid by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust to attain Foundation status.

He said: “It’s an exciting time as it will give people a greater say over their local NHS services.

“My task is to see the trust continue to succeed by providing excellent local services and progressing our aims to deliver joined-up health and social care services to communities across eastern and northern Devon.”

The appointment was made following a rigorous interview process and interview panel including Sir Ian Carruthers, chief executive of NHS South of England, and an independent assessor.

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Roger French, chairman of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust said: “The trust will continue to benefit from Jac’s leadership and vision for improving our service to patients.”

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