1. ITV Report

SECAmb Chief Executive to resign after less than two years in the role

Interviewees: Daren Mochrie Chief Executive, SECAmb & Nigel Sweet Unison

The Chief Executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service has announced his resignation after less than two years in the post.

Daren Mochrie was appointed Chief Executive in April 2017 with a brief to address multiple failings in patient care.

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The recent Care Quality Commission report said there had been improvements but the service was so poor that the Trust was to be kept in 'special measures'.

The organisation covers an area stretching across Surrey, Kent, Sussex and North East Hampshire.

Daren Mochrie will leave the Trust in spring 2019 to take up a new role as Chief Executive of North West Ambulance Trust.

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While I was disappointed to hear of Daren’s decision, I am pleased that he has the opportunity to further his career by leading North West Ambulance Service from next Spring and we wish him every success.

“The fact that Daren has been recruited to such a major role reflects the high regard in which he is held nationally and is testament to the improvements he and everyone at SECAmb has made since he joined the Trust.

“Daren has laid the foundations for our continued development and to further improve our services to the public. I know that he will continue this work, alongside our strong executive team, during his notice period.”

– David Astley, SECAmb Chair
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“I am and will remain immensely proud of the real progress we have made at SECAmb during the past 18 months. I know that there is still more to do but as a Trust we have already made significant steps forward and I know I will be leaving the Trust with a strong leadership team who are committed to making this happen.

“I have not taken this decision lightly and have greatly enjoyed my time as Chief Executive of SECAmb. While the process to recruit my replacement is under way, I remain fully committed to SECAmb and look forward to working hard with my colleagues and the wider NHS on providing the best care possible to our patients.”

– Daren Mochrie, Chief Executive, SECAmb