John Goulston is to retire in September from his job as chief executive of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, it was announced this morning.
Goulston has his 60th birthday this year, and has worked in the NHS for 32 years. He took on the CEO role at Croydon NHS Trust in May 2012 and, according to the press release issued by the Trust this morning, “has led a transformation of the Trust’s services during a period of unprecedented challenges for the NHS. This includes overseeing continued quality improvements and steering the Trust out of financial special measures”.
In the statement issued by the Trust, Goulston said, “I feel proud to have worked at Croydon Health Services. We have excellent and dedicated teams that care for people in our community, at Purley War Memorial Hospital and at Croydon University Hospital – they are a credit to our borough.
“We have transformed the Trust by listening to what our staff, patients and their families, and the communities that we serve. Most importantly, we have acted on what we heard. This must always continue.
“In the latest NHS staff survey, four out of five of our staff said they were happy with the quality of care we provide – which is above the national average. The latest published data also shows nine out of 10 people we have looked after as in-patients, out-patients, in the community and in our A&E and maternity departments, would recommend us to their friends and family.
“None of this would have been possible without a clear vision from the Trust’s leadership team and unwavering support for staff on the ground to deliver continued improvements in our care and performance.
“I look forward to hearing about the great things our staff and the Trust will achieve in the future – especially as we strengthen our partnerships with health and care organisations to provide even more seamless services in the borough.”
The Board and NHS Improvement will now seek to appoint a new Chief Executive at the Trust.
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