GROUP Chief Executive of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, Sir David Dalton, has today written to all staff across the organisation of his plan to retire from his post as Chief Executive on 31 March 2019.
In a personal message to staff across Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Trusts, he said:
“September marks the beginning of my 40th year of service to the NHS; for nearly 18 years of those I have had the privilege of being Chief Executive of Salford Royal and for the last three, CEO of Pennine Acute Trust too, after our two organisations joined to become the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.
“I have been considering, with trusted colleagues, when the best time would be for me to leave the organisation and I am grateful for their advice. Although there is never a good time – I have concluded that with a secure future based on solid foundations and high external ratings, it is the right time for someone else to pick up the baton and lead the organisation for the next stage on its journey. At the moment I don’t know what shape my future will take, but I am certain that I want to continue a contribution to healthcare and to public service in some way.
“Our Chairman, Mr Jim Potter, has confirmed that the Board of Directors will act quickly and decisively to appoint my successor and that the arrangements for this will be consistent with the Group’s talent management programme and succession planning process. It is hoped that the outcome will be known early in the New Year and that the new Chief Executive will be in post for 1 April 2019.
“I am part of a highly performing Board, with a strong Executive management team and effective director leadership teams across our four Care Organisations. My decision to retire will not change our vison and strategic plans, including the planned formal transaction of Pennine Acute. Also our level of commitment, collaboration and involvement with our commissioners and healthcare partners will remain to ensure the continued future success of our services. Continuity of purpose will be assured. I am also pleased to be able to tell you that Mr Potter has confirmed his intention to be considered by our Council of Governors for an extension of his tenure until June 2020.
I am truly grateful for the support and contribution of staff at all grades and levels which have been crucial to our success. It was a joy to share last Friday evening with over 1,200 staff at our Group Staff Awards evening. Celebrating the achievements of so many individuals and teams has always been one of the greatest pleasures of my role and I am sure it will be for my successor too.”
The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) brings together Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, and with an operating budget of £1.3bn serves a population of over 1 million people under a new Group arrangement of hospitals and community healthcare service across Salford, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester. The collaboration between Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Trust started in April 2016 when Salford Royal agreed to provide leadership and operational support to Pennine Acute. This arrangement paved the way for the creation of the NCA.