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Harrogate Health Trust Appoints New Chief Executive

Richard Ord has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Ord has been Acting Chief Executive since June, when the previous post holder, John Lawlor, left on a secondment to help the Department of Health with its swine flu preparations.  Mr Lawlor has now been appointed as Chief Executive of NHS Leeds and Richard Ord has been substantively appointed to lead Harrogate’s Trust.

Sandra Dodson, Chairman of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are delighted to be able to appoint Richard Ord as our new Chief Executive.  Richard has a wealth of experience, having joined the Trust here in 1984 and has done an outstanding job as Deputy Chief Executive and, for the past few months, as Acting Chief Executive.

In that time, the Trust has once again been awarded a ‘double excellent’ rating by the Care Quality Commission, putting it in the top 20 acute Trusts in the whole of England.  Richard has also led the Trust during a very difficult time financially for the whole NHS and has put in place robust plans to ensure that the quality of patient care remains our top priority.”

Richard Ord commented:

“It is a great honour to know that I have the confidence of the Directors and Governors of the Trust, who have appointed me to this position.  I am really looking forward to continuing to work with our outstanding staff on continually improving the service we offer to the people of Harrogate and district.

Whilst we are very proud of our achievement in once again being awarded the highest possible rating by the Care Quality Commission’s Annual Health Check, I am very conscious that we do not always get it right and one of my priorities will be to embed a culture of continual improvement and learning from our mistakes.

Whatever challenges we may face with the likely squeeze on NHS finances, swine flu and the pressures of the winter, I am clear that the quality of care we deliver and the experiences of our patients and their families, must be our number one priority.”

In line with the Trust’s Constitution, its Non-Executive Directors are responsible for the appointment of a Chief Executive.  Their recommendation then has to be approved by the Board of Governors, who represent the public that the Trust serves and other key stakeholders, such as Harrogate Borough Council. 

Richard Ord has had an extensive career in health service management, specialising in the field of strategic, business and capital planning.  Richard has also taken the lead role in taking forward the performance agenda for the organisation.  He has played a key role in delivering the challenging objective of reducing waiting times and improving standards of care within the Trust, and has made a significant contribution to the organisation in helping to achieve high standards in the Care Quality Commission Annual Healthcheck for both quality of services and use of resources.