The Board of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has today announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive.
The Trust has named Christopher Long as the person who, starting in the autumn, will head up the organisation responsible for services at both Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham.
Chris has a wealth of NHS experience, including four years spent with the former Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust as Executive Director of Operations and, more recently, seven years spent as Chief Executive of Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) between 2006 and 2013. Prior to joining the NHS, Chris spent 12 years in the army, and he is currently working as an Area Director for NHS England’s Locality Team in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Highlights of Chris’s NHS career whilst in Hull include leading the Primary Care Trust to become the best performing PCT in the country (1st out of 152) for World Class Commissioning performance in 2010, the creation of the Northern Hemisphere’s first domestic violence social marketing programme targeted specifically at perpetrators, and becoming the first PCT in the country to successfully transfer its community services to a newly formed social enterprise company.
Speaking on Chris’s appointment, Interim Chair of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Keith Hopkins, says:
“We’re delighted to be welcoming Chris to the Trust as our new Chief Executive. Chris has worked extensively within the Health Service, during which time he has developed a wealth of skills and experience which we believe makes him the ideal candidate for this important role.
“As a Trust, we are committed to delivering on our vision of Great Staff, Great Care, Great Future, and with a clear focus on delivering effective, patient-centred care, we are confident in Chris’s ability to both lead and achieve that.”
Chris Long says:
“I’m looking forward to returning to work in East Yorkshire, and I’m excited about the opportunity this role presents to make a positive difference, both to patient care and to the staff who do so much to deliver that care.
“The Trust has experienced a number of difficulties lately, and the operating environment in which the NHS as a whole finds itself at the moment is very challenging. Having previously worked in Hull for a number of years, I know that the hospital staff here do some truly amazing things, and that this Trust has the potential to move from good to great.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge and the variety this role will bring, and to working together with staff, patients and the public to improve the quality of hospital services delivered locally.”