Paul Jennings, chief executive of NHS Warwickshire, steps down

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THE chief executive of NHS Warwickshire has stepped down.

Paul Jennings, chief executive of NHS Warwickshire, stepped down from his role on Thursday (March 31) as NHS Warwickshire and NHS Coventry become a single organisation under the leadership of Stephen Jones.

Paul Jennings, who joined NHS Warwickshire in 2008 from NHS Walsall, saw significant success in many areas of work, including staff morale rising to be to amongst the best in the NHS, working with GPs to establish the shadow commissioning consortia, and introducing life-changing programmes such as virtual wards and hyper-acute stroke services across the county. Jennings has also established a national profile in renal services.

In a speech at NHS Warwickshire’s board meeting on Tuesday, chairman Bryan Stoten described Paul Jennings as ‘one of the best of NHS managers’, praising his impact both in Warwickshire and at a national level.

Mr Stoten went on to say: “Paul Jennings has undertaken an extraordinary task in Warwickshire, creating a genuinely innovative vision for healthcare in the 21st century. We will miss his contribution to healthcare development in the county which follows from the changes in organisation being brought about by the new government’s healthcare restructuring.”

Mr Jennings said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at NHS Warwickshire. It has been a great experience and I have had the privilege of working with some of the most talented people I have met in my professional life. I wish the staff of the Trust well for the future.”

Jim Graham, chief executive of Warwickshire County Council: “With Paul Jennings’ arrival you could time the improvements in the working relationship between our organisations and we regret the departure of someone of Paul’s calibre. Paul has led the arrangements in Warwickshire for the Government’s proposals to make changes in the NHS, working closely with GPs to create the new commissioning consortia. We would like to thank Paul for the contribution he has made, which will stand the county in good stead for the changes ahead.”

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust: “Paul has made a significant contribution to improvements in healthcare in the area. He is a great communicator and has transformed partnership working between the Primary Care Trust and South Warwickshire Foundation Trust. I would like to wish him all the best for the future.”

Andy Hardy, chief executive Officer at UHCW NHS Trust: “I would like to offer my thanks to Paul for all his hard work. Paul has tackled many great challenges that the local health economy has faced over this period to ensure a sustainable future for healthcare across Warwickshire as we move into increasingly challenging times. I would like to wish him all the best for the future.”

Kevin McGee, chief executive, George Eliot NHS Hospital Trust: “On behalf of the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust I’d like to highlight the significant contribution Paul has made to the provision of health services across Warwickshire and we wish him every success for the future.”

Rachel Newson, chief executive of Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust: “We are grateful to Paul for his determination and support at a time of significant change for the NHS, and wish him well for the future.”