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New Chief Executive for Colchester Hospital

The NHS trust which runs Colchester General Hospital has appointed Frank Sims as its new Chief Executive.

He is currently Chief Executive of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust and will take over from Dr Lucy Moore in early December.

Frank Sims Credit: Colchester Hospital

Lucy has been interim Chief Executive since May 2014

“I have faced and successfully managed similar issues to those at the Trust and this is part of the attraction of this job. I am pulled by the opportunity and the sense of determination to deliver positive changes, which I have no doubt that the Trust will be able to achieve.The Chief Executive role is a huge opportunity to lead a unique organisation and I am excited by the prospect of being in this role.”

– Frank Sims


Charity hits £250,000 target to fight childhood cancer

Niamh Curry died in 2012. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A couple from Wellingborough whose five-year-old daughter died of cancer say they are overwhelmed at the support they have received after they reached a fundraising target of £250,000.

Niamh Curry died in 2012 and her family have dedicated her memory to raising money for cancer charities.

Around 100 children are diagnosed with Neuroblastoma each year in the UK of which only around 30% will survive.

The charity Niamh's Next Step was set up to raise money and awareness of Neuroblastoma whilst offering help, support and advice to children and families affected by this aggressive childhood cancer.

New Chief Executive for East of England Ambulance Trust

Robert Morton is the new Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance NHS Trust Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust has appointed a new Chief Executive.

Robert Morton, a paramedic and a community first responder, has worked in the ambulance service for nearly 25-years, mainly with the National Ambulance Service in Ireland where he was Chief Executive for 3-years. he has also held the post of Chief Executive of the South Australian Ambulance Service.

"The service has been through some very difficult and challenging times over the last few years, but I am confident we can build on the good work that Anthony Marsh has put in place to further improve our services for patients and at the same time make this a even better place to work.”

– Robert Morton

"Robert is an experienced ambulance chief executive who will be able to connect immediately with frontline staff and volunteers thanks to his paramedic and volunteering background.”

– Trust Chair, Sarah Boulton

Robert will start his post on 24th August.


Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn taken out of special measures

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn has officially been taken out of special measures.

Inspectors say it's improved significantly since criticisms about the care it offered.

It will now focus on clearing its £14 million deficit.

"The leadership of Queen Elizabeth’s hospital has made great progress in improving its services for patients, and deserves to be removed from special measures.

At the same time, our team of experts identified significant long-term challenges to the sustainability of the local health and care system.

These undertakings, agreed between Monitor and the trust, will go a long way towards fixing these problems. But further changes to how healthcare is funded and provided will need to be considered by the trust and their commissioners."

– Paul Dinkin, Transformation and Turnaround Director, Monitor

Music therapy could could help people with dementia

Dementia patients could benefit from music therapy. Credit: PA

A researcher at Anglia Ruskin University has been awarded £100,000 of funding to further investigate how music therapy can help those with dementia.

It comes after a trial carried out at the university in Cambridge last month found one-on-one sessions with those with the condition could lead to some improvement in symptoms.

Sarah Faber, a music therapy researcher at Anglia Ruskin University, said: "My work with adults with dementia and their ability to engage with music motivated me to research how music stimulates and uses the brain, particularly what neural processes are involved with active music-making."

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