New role for chief operating officer and management structure changes

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust chief operating officer and deputy chief executive Steve McManus has been appointed managing director of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Steve, who has been at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for three-and-a-half years, will take up his new position next month.

During his time at the Trust, Steve has led a number of major projects including establishing the clinical divisional structure, turning around cancer care performance, and leading the Trust’s implementation of service reorganisation for north west London.

Chief executive Dr Tracey Batten said: “We are extremely grateful for Steve’s hard work, commitment and energy during his time at the Trust. He has achieved a huge amount for patients and for staff and we wish him the very best for this next step in his career.”

Steve’s departure coincides with changes to the Trust’s management structure which build on the divisional structure created in 2013, and aim to devolve authority and responsibility further to the frontline, empower clinical teams with improved information and support, and create clearer and simpler lines of accountability.

From 1 April, the majority of the responsibilities of the chief operating officer will be devolved to three clinical divisional directors who will now report directly to the chief executive and be full members of the executive management team. Their corporate level responsibilities will include delivery of operational performance standards and initiatives.

These changes are the first phase of a wider organisational change programme, and follow a formal consultation process with staff. Staff were also asked to help design the next phase of the change programme – focusing on how best our clinical directorates – groups of services – can be structured, led and supported to boost transformation. The Trust expects to go out to formal staff consultation on these changes from mid-April.