New management of NHS is taking shape

Flashback: The Isle of Man Examiner in March

Flashback: The Isle of Man Examiner in March

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The new management of island’s health service is taking shape.

Key managerial appointments were announced this week by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Michaela Morris will take over as managing director for acute services reporting to the department’s new chief executive Mark Charters.

The new post – which covers Noble’s Hospital and referrals for treatment in the UK – was one of the recommendations of a review into Noble’s Hospital management and governance in 2013 by consultants Beamans.

Mrs Morris has a long career within the UK NHS, previously as the chief executive for Newham University Hospital NHS Trust until January 2012, and for the past two years working as a health consultant for the Ara Darzi organisation assisting the development of health services in Qatar.

Reporting to Mrs Morris will be the newly-appointed medical director for Noble’s Hospital, Dr Jugnu Mahajan.

Dr Mahajan is currently the medical director for Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where she has worked since 2009.

Dr Mahajan is also a consultant paediatrician.

Dr Mahajan’s appointment as medical director at Noble’s Hospital will see a significant evolution in the role which is to become a full time managerial post with no clinical commitments – a further recommendation by Beamans.

Previously the role had been a split between clinical and managerial commitments.

Minister for Health and Social Care Howard Quayle MHK, said: ‘We have undertaken a comprehensive recruitment process to find individuals with the talent and expertise for these two crucial management posts.

‘I am certain the appointment of Mrs Morris and Dr Mahajan, in addition to that of our new chief executive Mark Charters, will help deliver the change required to address current and future challenges and develop our health service.”

Mr Charters said: ‘I believe we have found two very able professionals who can use their experience to help us modernise health care in the Isle of Man and work within our new Health and Social Care leadership team to jointly develop services and deliver the best care possible.’

Mrs Morris is expected to take up her post on September 1, with Dr Mahajan due to start work on November 1.

As is normal practice the prospective post holders will be subject to further checks.

The island’s health service was criticised in a damning external report earlier this year, which highlighted staff shortages, weak management and a culture of blame.

As the Examiner highlighted in March, three of the top civil servants retired on the same day.

In addition, Mr Quayle took over the minister’s job as the old departments of Health and Social Care merged.

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