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Countess of Chester Hospital boss Peter Herring moves on to another NHS Trust

THE chief executive of the Countess of Chester Hospital is leaving to take up a new post as the boss of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

Peter Herring, who has led the Countess for the last 12 years, told the Chronicle he was sad to be leaving but excited to be taking up a new challenge.

Mr Herring said: “Their chief executive is moving to another Trust in Wales. I would start sometime in the autumn. There’s nothing mysterious. I’ve been here 12 years and am moving to a bigger trust.”

Countess spokesman Steve Winterson said Mr Herring was well respected and would be greatly missed.

The recruitment process for a new chief executive will start almost immediately. Staff have been informed.

It is thought Mr Herring will leave early in the autumn although the details have not been finalised and interim arrangements would be put in place until the new chief executive was in post.

Under Mr Herring’s leadership the Countess became one of the first 10 foundation trusts in the country in 2004.

Dr John Davies, chairman of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Peter’s passion and commitment for patient experience and safety is also clear. The Countess of Chester is one of only five trusts to have been awarded the CHKS Top 40 Hospitals Award for their high clinical standards and outcomes for 12 consecutive years and they have been a finalist in the Health Service Journal Acute Trust of the Year on two occasions.”