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James Devine appointed as chief executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust

By Katie Nelson

Medway NHS Foundation Trust have announced that James Devine has been appointed as its new chief executive.

Mr Devine took over the role from Lesley Dwyer in November 2018, acting as interim chief executive.

A statement from the Trust this afternoon said that Mr Devine had been appointed following a national search and open recruitment process.

James Devine (7086449)
James Devine (7086449)

Mr Devine began his career at Medway 23 years ago when he was accepted onto a youth training scheme at Medway Maritime Hospital.

The 38-year-old has previously held senior roles at other hospitals including Great Ormond Street and Barts Health.

In July 2017, he was appointed deputy chief executive, taking on the responsibility for the performance and operational management of the Trust.

Health secretary Matt Hancock and hospital Chief Executive James Devine (7086444)
Health secretary Matt Hancock and hospital Chief Executive James Devine (7086444)

He said: “I look forward to leading Medway NHS Foundation Trust as we continue to improve care for our patients.

"It is an incredible privilege to work alongside our fantastic staff, supported by the most committed and determined board I could wish for.

"There is much to do as we continue our progress from better, to best and onto brilliant, but we are making great strides, and have strategies underway to ensure we can inspire and motivate our staff – the best of people – to deliver the best of care."

Trust chairman Stephen Clark said: "It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the appointment of James Devine to the role of chief executive.

"James has the leadership skills and deep understanding of the healthcare environment – with all its challenges and opportunities – that we need to take the Trust onto the next stage of transformation.

"I am delighted that he will now continue the work he has started during his time as interim chief executive."

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