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Trafford Hospital Services

NHS Trafford have brought in John Schultz as an independent chairman to oversee the planned review of hospital services in Trafford.

The news follows the announcement that Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will take over the running of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust.

And it will go some way towards reassuring local residents that nothing has been decided yet about the future organisation of local health services, including accident and emergency.

Mr Schultz, a former chief executive at Stockport Council, has considerable leadership experience and believes strongly in engaging local people in the design of local services.

He will provide an independent oversight to ensure patients and the local community are involved in discussions with health bosses every step of the way, over the next four to five months before a formal consultation takes place.

Speaking about his appointment, he said: "It is a real privilege to be involved in this important work. The NHS was born in Trafford 60 years ago and I am determined to help make sure it is fit for purpose for the next 60 years.

 "However, I shall make sure the process is open and transparent, and that local health services are reviewed with local people."

 Mr Schultz, who retired from local government 18 months ago, will chair the health review's strategic programme board.

This was recently set up to bring health professionals and managers together so that they can jointly review how health and care services in Trafford should be organised in the future.

The review itself will focus on developing a new local health service that is able to address the three main health challenges facing Trafford.

These include balancing the budget, improving access to services so people benefit from the right care, in the right place, at the right time, and finally, improving outcomes not least through reducing deaths from conditions such as cancer, respiratory disease and cardio-vascular disease.

Mr Schultz added: "With the takeover of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust we have a unique and crucial opportunity to create a new health deal in Trafford; one that improves outcomes and makes sure health services can be sustained in the long term.  But we must work in partnership with local people over the coming months to achieve this."

Mr Schultz has held, and continues to hold, a number of high profile non-executive director roles for a range of non-profit organisations, including Disability Stockport. He was awarded the CBE for services to local government last year.

Dr Nigel Guest is a local GP and leader of the shadow Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group, the body that will be responsible for commissioning local health services from April 2013.

He welcomed today's news and said: "We know that we can do things better clinically in Trafford and be innovative about how we plan, manage and organise local health services. The takeover of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust creates that opportunity.

"Together local GPs and hospital consultants are determined to make sure we work with local people over the next few months to achieve a new health deal in Trafford. The appointment of Mr Schultz confirms our commitment to ensure we are open and transparent throughout that process."




For more information please contact the press office at NHS Trafford:

0161 873 9527/0161 873 6048

Catherine.brown@trafford.nhs.uk/ Erin.portsmouth@trafford.nhs.uk