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Published On: Fri, Oct 31st, 2014 at 3:48pm

New boss for NHS Grampian

Malcolm Wright OBE has been appointed as the interim Chief Executive of NHS Grampian.

Mr Wright, who has 39 years of experience of working in the NHS including a range of senior management posts in both Scotland and England, will take over from Richard Carey in early December 2014.

Richard Carey announced his decision to take early retirement from the board after serving the NHS for 33 years.

Announcing the appointment Health Secretary Alex Neil said:
“I am delighted that Malcolm will be taking on this vital role at the heart of NHS Grampian.

“I would also like to thank Richard Carey for the years of dedicated service he has provided to NHS Scotland and wish him well for the future.

“Malcolm has pursued a distinguished career across the NHS, within Scotland and the UK, and has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence among clinical leaders and management alike.

“His accomplishments include a proven track record of turning around challenging times for the organisations he has led – such as steering the Western Isles Health Board through difficulties in 2006.

“With such a wealth of experience and commitment I believe that Malcolm will lead NHS Grampian with fresh energy and renewed vision.

“An immediate priority will be responding to and taking forward any recommendations from the review of care being undertaken by Healthcare Improvement Scotland at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The Scottish Government will work closely with the board on these issues, just as we have done in the past.

“For example, under this government, NHS Grampian has seen its frontline funding steadily increase. In 2006/07 the board received 9.1 per cent of the total revenue funding for health territorial boards – this has increased to 9.6 per cent in 2015/16.

“The board has been funded above the national average rate for 8 of the last 9 years which means that NHS Grampian now receives over £229 million more in revenue funding than when this government came to office.”

Mr Wright said:

“I am delighted and honoured to be asked to take on the role of Interim Chief Executive at NHS Grampian.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the board, clinical staff and partner organisations to support and develop NHS Grampian.

“Quality of care and achieving best outcomes for patients, as well as supporting all staff will be key priorities for me and for the leadership team in NHS Grampian.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the work of my predecessor Richard Carey. I wish him well for the future.”

Mr Wright has been appointed on an interim basis through secondment from NHS Education for Scotland. The position of new chief executive will be advertised by the end of the year and filled through open competition.

The Scottish Government has protected NHS Grampian’s frontline budget, which has increased by £229.2 million since 2007 and will increase by 4.4 per cent to £812.6 million for 2015-16, both above inflation and the largest increase of any Scottish health board.

The number of staff working in NHS Grampian has also increased 3.6 per cent since 2006.

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