Chairman appointed at East Sussex Healthcare Trust

David Clayton-Smith, new chairman of East Sussex Healthcare Trust SUS-161101-143948001
David Clayton-Smith, new chairman of East Sussex Healthcare Trust SUS-161101-143948001

The new chairman at East Sussex Healthcare Trust said he is ‘delighted’ to have been appointed and is looking forward to meeting staff.

The NHS Trust Development Authority has confirmed the appointment of David Clayton-Smith as chairman of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Conquest Hospital in Hastings and Eastbourne DGH.

He takes over from Sue Bernhauser who has been acting chair since the resignation of Stuart Welling in September 2015.

The trust was rated ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) last year, and has been placed in special measures.

Anne Eden, Director of Delivery and Development at the NHS Trust Development Authority said: “We know that stable leadership plays a crucial part in a Trust’s ability to provide consistent high quality services to patients.

“David will need to focus on developing a long term plan for East Sussex Healthcare that sees them return to financial balance, continue the Trust’s improvement work and consistently provide high quality services to patients across all services.

“David brings a wealth of experience to the chairman role at East Sussex Healthcare.

“I would also like to thank Sue Bernhauser for her important contribution as acting chair over recent months at a particularly challenging time. I look forward to working with both David and Sue in the coming weeks and months.”

David Clayton-Smith, chairman, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this important position with the Trust.

“It is a tremendous honour to be given the opportunity to lead the trust and I am looking forward to working with the team as we tackle the significant healthcare challenges ahead of us.

“Everything we do must be focused on the patient experience and the quality of their care and treatment.

“The people of East Sussex rightly expect us to be able to deliver services to the highest standard within the NHS. I very much look forward to meeting with our staff, local people and civic leaders over the coming months to help build a better future together.”

David is chairman of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Academic Health Science Network and was previously the chair of NHS Surrey for three years from 2010. He was also the chairman of NHS Sussex between 2012 and 2013 and has been a non-executive director at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust for the last three years including involvement in the acquisition of the Heatherwood & Wexham Foundation Trust.

He is chairman of Thames Valley Housing Association and a director and co-founder of Andrum Consulting which specialises in supporting entrepreneurial businesses.

David has held board-level positions at Fairtrade International, Halfords and was marketing director for Boots the Chemist.

Mr Clayton-Smith has been appointed from January 11, 2016, for a two year term. He is entitled to receive a remuneration of £40,000 per annum.

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