East Sussex Hospitals appoints new Chief Executive

EAST Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust (ESHNHST) has announced the appointment of Darren Grayson as permanent Chief Executive.

Darren had been interim Chief Executive since April 1. Irene Dibben, the Trust's Chairman, said:

"We are very pleased to appoint Darren as our permanent Chief Executive. During his time as interim ChiefExecutive Darren has shown good leadership qualities and an excellent insight into the challenges facing the Trust.

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"I wish him every success in this vital roleas the organisation moves forward in the months and years ahead."

Darren said he was "delighted" to have been appointed to lead the Trust, adding:

"I'm looking forward to working with staff and local partners to deliver the best possible level of care to local patients.

"The NHS is going through a period of significant change as it adapts to increased public expectationsin a new era of financial constraint.

"In such times East Sussex deserves hospitals that strive to be the best, and my role as Chief Executive will be to deliver precisely that."

Darren was previously Chief Executive of NHS Brighton & Hove before joining ESHNHST.

He has worked in most parts of the NHS for almost 22 years starting in Oxford then Kent and most recently in Brighton.

East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust is responsible for Conquest Hospital, St Leonards, and Eastbourne District General Hospital and provides services at Bexhill Hospital, Crowborough Birthing Unit, Uckfield Community Hospital, Lewes Victoria Hospital and Rye Memorial Care Centre.