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St Mary’s Hospital top boss quits after four months

Ian Dalton's new job at NHS quango pays almost £300,000 a year

01 December, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Ian Dalton 

THE chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare – which runs St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington – has quit after just four months.

Ian Dalton CBE has taken a job as chief executive of NHS Improvement – a body that makes decisions on NHS contracts – on a £287,000 a year salary.

He is replaced by Prof Julian Redhead, the current medical director of the hospital, on an interim basis.

Trust chairman Sir Richard Sykes said: “I’m sorry that Ian has only been able to be with us for a few months but pleased that someone with his skills and experience has agreed to take on the important role of overseeing and supporting NHS providers nationally.

“We have a very strong and capable executive leadership team at the trust, built up during the three years of Dr Tracey Batten’s leadership and continued under Ian.

“Our interim leadership arrangements allow us to make the most of our internal strengths and to proceed on our existing course. We will take forward arrangements to appoint a permanent chief executive in the new year.”

Imperial College proudly announced Mr Dalton as new chief executive in June, boasting that he would bring “extensive leadership experience gained in very senior roles within the NHS and the wider health sector”.

On getting the job, Mr Dalton said he was looking forward to helping ensure that all 11,000 staff could “provide even better care over the com- ing years”.

This week he said: “These are challenging times for the NHS and I feel a duty to play my full role in helping trusts across the country to respond effectively, for the benefit of patients and staff.”

He took up his role in July after Dr Tracey Bat- ten resigned and left the country to live in Aus- tralia.

Prof Redhead said: “I feel very privileged to have this opportunity and am committed to continuing the positive developments of the last few years, especially in terms of strengthened clinical leadership and wider staff and patient engagement.”

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