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East Lancashire hospital staff man to depart
THE director who was heading up a crucial recruitment drive at Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General has announced his departure from the trust.
Ian Brandwood, director of human resources at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust since 2009, has taken a new job with the Yorkshire ambulance service.
Mr Brandwood, originally from Yorkshire, has been forced to defend his department a number of times this year, after it came under fire from health campaigners and NHS inspectors.
In May, the Lancashire Telegraph revealed the hospitals had repeatedly missed their spending target for temporary staff, shelling out £13million on temps last year.
Then in July, NHS chief Sir Bruce Keogh highlighted alarming staff shortages in several areas.
And last week, Mr Brandwood defended the ‘compromise agreements’ signed by about 100 staff who left the trust under a voluntary severance scheme, which included ‘gagging clauses’ banning them from publicly criticising their former employers.
Since the publication of the Keogh report, which made wide-ranging criticisms of the hospitals, Mr Brandwood has led a major recruitment drive to address inspectors’ concerns, with about 60 new nurses and healthcare assistants drafted in so far.
Mark Brearley, the trust’s chief executive, said the hospitals’ improvement plans would not be affected by his departure, as other senior staff, along with an interim appointment, would be able to cope with the continuing changes.
Mr Brearley added: “We are making good progress with the recruitment of additional staff which will allow us to reduce the amount of temporary staff we need to employ.
“We have to accept in the NHS that staff move on. From Ian Brandwood’s perspective he wanted to be in Yorkshire.
“Ian’s moved a lot of the HR agenda on very well and has achieved a lot in his time in East Lancashire.”
Mr Brandwood, who will be executive director of people and engagement at the Yorkshire ambulance trust, said in a statement: “I am proud of what our staff have achieved over the past four years and although the recent review has highlighted areas for further improvement, I am confident that our fantastic staff will respond to that challenge.”
He was unavailable for further comment.
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