New chief executive appointed at Kettering General Hospital

David Sissling will take over as chief executive of Kettering Hospital
David Sissling will take over as chief executive of Kettering Hospital

The boss of the NHS in Wales has been appointed as the new chief executive of Kettering General Hospital.

David Sissling will formally take over the position, which was vacated by Lorene Read, in April.

Ms Read stepped down after the hospital missed a number of accident and emergency department targets.

Mr Sissling is a former chief executive of the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Strategic Health Authority before its dissolution in 2006 and was chief executive of the Northamptonshire Health Authority prior to that.

As chief executive of NHS Wales he provided national leadership to the Welsh Health Service and Director General for Health and Social Services in the Welsh Government.

Kettering General Hospital said Mr Sissling had “led major programmes of service change, improvement and modernisation in his current and in previous roles” and praised his track record of developing policy.

He was also programme director for Healthcare for London in 2008-09 during which time he led a complex programme to deliver world class healthcare for London and drive up quality and patient experience.

Mr Sissling said: “Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust is an organisation with a very strong and impressive track record and tremendous potential for positive future development.

“I am very much looking forward to taking up the chief executive post and working as part of the board, with our staff and external partners, to realise that potential.

“Above all I want to ensure that the trust continues to provide high quality care to local communities and local people.”

Kettering General Hospital chairman Graham Foster said: “I am delighted to be able to make this announcement.

“David brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our trust at a time when we know we face some significant challenges.

“The board, governors of the trust and I were really impressed by his obvious commitment to quality and safety at the same time as ensuring the organisation delivers upon its financial and performance objectives.

“Kettering General Hospital is a great hospital, we have the potential to be excellent and I am confident that in David we have found a chief executive who can help us get there.”

The Welsh Government’s health minister Mark Drakeford said: “David Sissling has provided strong leadership during his time as chief executive of NHS Wales, and I have been very well supported by him since I became minister.

“I would like to thank David for his dedication and hard work in leading the NHS in Wales through a period of significant change, and to wish him well as he takes on a new challenge. We will now begin the process of appointing a new chief executive and I hope we are able to attract a leader of the same high calibre as David Sissling.”

Fiona Wise will continue as interim chief executive until Mr Sissling takes up his position in Kettering.