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Right Arrow I want a hospital we can be proud of, says new chief executive
26 June 2018 at 15:34

Southport and Ormskirk hospitals’ new chief executive says he wants to make sure “the hospital where I live is one we can be proud of”.

Silas Nicholls joined Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in April where he had been Group Deputy Chief Executive.

“One of the most common questions I’ve been asked since I started is: why Southport and Ormskirk?”

“The answer is simple: it’s my local hospital – and I want to make sure the hospital where I live is one we can be proud of.”

He said the Trust had been through an uncertain time for both staff and local people over the past few years with no permanent leadership of the two hospitals.

“But it’s a tribute to every one of our staff that, even in challenging times and with growing pressures on the NHS in general, they have strived to give a quality service for patients.

“That pride, determination and can-do approach is now being channeled into giving our patients the best experience we can.

“Investment in buildings and staff in A&E at Southport, a new day surgery unit at Ormskirk and two major clinical IT initiatives are each contributing to a safer, calmer Trust,” he said.

The new Chief Executive has also been joined on the Trust Board by new Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Therapies Juliette Cosgrove. She succeeds Sheila Lloyd who has moved to a similar post at Wirral’s Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust.


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Notes for editors

1. Silas Nicholls was most recently Group Deputy Chief Executive of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Mr Nicholls is an experienced chief executive who began his NHS career as a graduate trainee. He a former Director of Operations and Performance at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Wirral, and Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. In 2014 he became Chief Operating Officer at University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Wythenshawe, becoming Chief Executive in 2016.

2. Juliette Cosgrove has more than 30 years’ nursing experience, most recently as Assistant Director of Quality and Safety at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust in West Yorkshire where she led on quality, governance and improvement. In addition, she was a member of the North East Lincolnshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group governing body from April 2013 and was also chair of the quality committee. Prior to this, Juliette held a number of senior nursing posts including deputy chief nurse at Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and head of nursing quality at the former Yorkshire and Humber NHS Strategic Health Authority.

3. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre is hosted by the Trust from Southport hospital. We also provide sexual health services across the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.