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Ex-NHS boss appointed States' new Health Director

Ex-NHS boss appointed States' new Health Director

Monday 17 December 2018

Ex-NHS boss appointed States' new Health Director

A former UK hospital Chief Operating Officer with nearly three decades' experience in the NHS has been appointed Jersey's new Director of Health and Community Services.

Caroline Landon will take up her new role in the New Year.

Ms Landon started her career in the health sector back in 1991 when she worked as a receptionist in Middlesex Hospital in London.

From there, she worked her way up, later going on to work in various health roles across London, Oxford and Gloucestershire.

Most recently, she was the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Pictured: Ms Landon said she looked forward to rising to the challenges facing Jersey, such as the ageing population.

Following an appointment process led by the Jersey Appointments Commission, which conducted a series of face-to-face interviews and extensive assessments, Ms Landon gained unanimous approval for her New Jersey role and was announced as the new Director General of Health and Community Services by States Chief Charlie Parker this afternoon.

Ms Landon said that she looked forward to tackling the challenges lying ahead for Jersey, including the Future Hospital and the demands of an ageing population.

“Public services in Jersey are going through significant change and none more so than in Health and Community Services and the debate over the new hospital and preparing to care for an aging population. I’m excited about the challenges ahead, including improving health care delivery, putting a greater emphasis in preventative health and mental health care services and working more effectively with the range of partners in the private, voluntary and community sectors," she commented.

Minister for Health and Community Services, Deputy Richard Renouf, added: “Caroline’s proven track record as an accomplished executive within the UK health service will be a real asset to us as we implement our new model of health care for Jersey, which will be led by clinical professionals and supported by a modern, effective, efficient and restructured Health and Community Services."

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Posted by John Henwood on
I’m quite prepared to believe Ms Landon is a good appointment, but we have a long history of appointing senior figures within public health from among those whose employment history has largely been within the NHS. Most recently Ms Garbutt, who left the service quite suddenly to look after her parents has, by implication, been associated with the serious management error that led a group of staff being awarded upgraded salaries which have subsequently withdrawn. ( We have been told the senior officers responsible are no longer employed by the States.) Ms Garbutt was recruited from the NHS. The problem is that the NHS is widely perceived as a troubled service with senior managers in many areas coming under criticism. In short, the NHS is not a paragon of management expertise and it is surprising that, when seeking senior staff, the net is not more widely cast.
Posted by nigel pearce on
Are any locals employed in senior positions in States jobs any more?
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