Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed the appointment of Dr Jeremy Rushmer as its new executive medical director.
He will take up his new medical director post with immediate effect, providing expert clinical leadership for the organisation and advising the trust board on all aspects of patient safety, quality of care and clinical strategy.
Dr Rushmer has worked as a consultant at Northumbria Healthcare for over 18 years.
He is currently a practising consultant in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia and will continue to care for seriously ill patients at the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital near Cramlington, where he has also been site medical director since September 2015.
During his time at Northumbria, Dr Rushmer has been at the forefront of delivering high quality clinical care for patients. He was one of the many doctors who, some 10 years ago, pioneered the original thinking behind the new model of emergency care now in place at the trust, which covers the Northumberland and North Tyneside areas.
Dr Rushmer said: “I am delighted to take up this role and immensely proud of the work which has taken place over many years at Northumbria to embed a culture of continuous quality improvement and clinical leadership.
“This is a very exciting time for our organisation and all of our staff as we lead a number of projects that are part of the national vision for the future of the NHS and which will set the future standards for high quality patient care.
“I look forward to working with colleagues across the organisation, as well as with our governors and the local people we serve, as we continue to put our patients’ safety and well-being at the very heart of everything we do.”
David Evans, Northumbria Healthcare’s chief executive, said: “Jeremy’s track record of strong clinical leadership speaks for itself and I am very pleased to welcome him into his new medical director role.”