Tracy Bullock: New Chief Executive – University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust have today confirmed the appointment of Tracy Bullock as Chief Executive.

A start date is to be yet agreed, however it is hoped that Tracy will be able to take up her new post shortly after the current UHNM Chief Executive Paula Clark retires at the end of February 2019.

Tracy is a highly regarded leader who has served the NHS for the entirety of her 35-year career. She qualified as a Nurse in 1987 whilst at Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust and throughout her 18 years there she progressed through roles of increasing responsibility becoming Clinical Risk Manager and then Governance Manager and Directorate Business Manager. In 2002 Tracy joined the Modernisation Agency as Associate Director/Account Manager in the performance support team.

In 2006 Tracy joined Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as Director of Nursing and Quality. The Chief Operating Officer remit was added to her Director of Nursing role in 2007 and in January 2010 she also took on Deputy Chief Executive responsibilities. Tracy was appointed to the Chief Executive position in October 2010.

David Wakefield, Chairman of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, said: “The Board are delighted to welcome Tracy to UHNM and look forward to working alongside her. Her passion for patient care and clinical and staff engagement shone through at interview. In addition to her extensive senior leadership experience, Tracy possesses the values and vision that we are seeking to help us to continue to move our organisation forward in partnership with wider health economy colleagues.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our current CEO Paula Clark for everything she has done for UHNM over the last two and a half years and for continuing to work with me to ensure that we have a smooth transition between Chief Executives.

Tracy Bullock said: “I am delighted to be joining UHNM. Whilst there are some challenges we will face together, the trust has some outstanding services and I have been impressed with the organisation’s patient focus and commitment to providing outstanding care in the face of significant pressures.

“I am very much looking forward to meeting our local partners and staff, ensuring that we continue our journey of improvement for the population we serve.”

UHNM will be providing no further comment or interviews at this stage.