Health chief executive appointed

Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation.
Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s has appointed a new chief executive.

Rob Webster is now responsible for leading the organisation and its 4700 staff and joins the Trust from the NHS Confederation, where he was chief executive for over two years.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of community, mental health and learning disability services to 1.2 million people in Calderdale, Barnsley, Kirklees and Wakefield. The organisation also provides specialist medium secure services.

“I have frequently said that being a chief executive in the NHS is one of the best jobs in the country. I am delighted to be returning to the heart of Yorkshire to an organisation that exists to enable people to reach their potential and live well in their community,” said Mr Webster.

“These are tough times for the NHS and I look forward to working with my new colleagues and our partner organisations as we look to build on the excellent work of this Trust. In doing so, I strongly believe that living our values will be important.

“People who use our services, their carers and the general public quite rightly have high expectations of the NHS. We in turn are passionate about providing excellent care, with all of us in mind.”

He spent seven years as chief executive in the NHS in West Yorkshire, running a commissioning organisation (NHS Calderdale) and a provider organisation (Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust).

Trust chairman Ian Black said: “I am very happy to welcome Rob to our Trust. Like all our health and social care partners, we are facing difficult times. I am confident that Rob can help shape the context we are facing and make sure our organisation continues to thrive and move forward.

“Rob is renowned for his values-based leadership which makes him the perfect fit for us. We are passionate about our values, and I know that Rob not only shares this passion but also our values.”