|An independent examination of leadership and governance at the region’s ambulance trust has been welcomed.
Labelling the chief executive Robert Morton as “visionary and compassionate”, the independent review conducted by Deloitte looked at how senior leaders worked together and its business processes.
The comprehensive review included interviews, focus groups and surveys along with desk research and meeting observation. It involved internal and external stakeholders from across the organisation and across the region. Almost 1,000 staff participated in the engagement process.
Chair Sarah Boulton said: “This has been an extremely worthwhile exercise, and the report and its findings will inform our future strategies and plans to provide an excellent service.
“We are pleased that the independent report confirms that the leadership and governance at EEAST is well placed to meet the challenges facing the Trust and that the Board has the skills and experience to become ‘a high performing Board and well governed Trust’.
“We acknowledge that there are substantial challenges to be addressed and that the Board needs to clearly focus on these challenges. Particularly we want to address as a matter of urgency the dissatisfaction among staff highlighted in the report.”
Regulator NHS Improvement supported the commissioning of the independent review, and will work closely with EEAST as it considers and progresses the recommendations.
Ed Garratt, Chief Executive of the lead commissioning group of the Trust, said: “Robert and Sarah have led together for three years, and have the created the foundation for improvement. Along with this stable leadership and the recent agreement to a £11.5m uplift in funding to support new posts and fleet, we have confidence in the team to see real change over time.”
The report is being published on Thursday evening, and can be found by following this link: http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/about-us/transparency/EEAST-Deloitte-Review-of-Leadership-and-Governance.pdf