Brian Stables, the long-standing chair of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, has paid tribute to staff as he steps down after nine years in the role.
Mr Stables said in a farewell staff message: “I’d like to take the opportunity to thank every single one of you for your dedication in making the Trust, day in, day out, such a fantastic place to work – and for your continual focus on all aspects of patient safety, and improving the experience for our patients, their relatives and carers.
“You are amazing – a credit to the Trust and to our fantastic NHS.”
Mr Stables, from Bradford on Avon, left his post on 31st March. During his term in office he helped to steer the RUH to achieve Foundation Trust status in 2014, and helped to develop both the Board of Directors and the Council of Governors to support the patient-centred culture and modern services provided by the Trust.
He said: “I’m obviously sad to be leaving after nine years in the role, which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. It’s been interesting, challenging and rewarding.
“It’s been a privilege to help the Trust continue to develop and become fit for the future and I hope I’ve played some part in shaping and developing the Trust and its services over that time.”
Trust Chief Executive James Scott said: “Brian’s departure marks the end of era for all of us at the Trust.
“He has been an incredibly hard working and supportive Chairman over his nine years with us, and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with him. We wish him the very best for the future.”