6th September 2005


Kim Hodgson joins Trust as new Chief Executive


Kim Hodgson has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust and will take up her new post on 10th October 2005. Kim is currently Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations at East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust.



Kim Hodgson Chief Executive Eastbourne DGH NHS trust


Kim Hodgson

John Lewis, the Trust’s Chairman, said: “We are very pleased to appoint Kim Hodgson as our new Chief Executive. Her experience and leadership will play a vital role in developing the Trust in the years ahead.”

Kim Hodgson said “I’m delighted to have been asked to lead the Trust and I look forward to meeting and working with staff at the Trust. I am very confident that the Trust has the capability to rise to the challenges it faces. I want to set a clear strategic direction for the Trust and work with partners in local health and social care to develop services for local people.”

Kim’s career in the NHS started immediately after leaving school where she worked as a nurse for ten years, progressing to a senior sister position at, among other hospitals, Westminster and the Royal Free in London.


On entering senior management she continued to study and obtained a MSc in Management and a PhD in organisational development. In 2004, she won the prestigious title of Manager of the Year at the National Health and Social Care Awards. Prior to working at East Kent Kim had worked at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, one of the largest hospitals in the country.

John Lewis Chairman said, “Annette Sergeant remains in the Trust’s employment but is absent for personal reasons. We can make no further comments on this situation until we have completed the discussions. Meanwhile, we have agreed to pursue discussions with others about the leadership of the Trust and I am therefore happy to announce Kim Hodgson’s appointment.”








Occupational Health and Health and Safety Working Group


The Occupational Health and Health and Safety Working Group works with our Healthy Workplaces team to identify new work streams and issues which apply to the occupational health and health and safety remit in the NHS. The group meets formally twice per year and the majority of communications in between are via e-mail.

Members are:

  • Karen Broughton, Director of HR, Westminster PCT

  • Jill Ashley Jones, Director of Organisational Development & Strategic HRM at Solihull PCT

  • Elizabeth Richards, Business Manager, Occupational Health, Stockport NHS Trust

  • Kim Doherty, Director of Human Resources, Liverpool Women's Foundation Trust

  • Jane Mitchell, Senior Nurse/Occupational Health Manager, Bradford Hospitals NHS

  • Keith Marshall, Camden PCT, Islington PCT, and Camden & Islington MH & Social Care Trust

  • Pam Duke, Occupational Health Services for Camden PCT

  • Claire Brown, Occupational Health Manager, Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Jim Stirton, Assistant HR Director, East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Frances Morris, Assistant Director, Business Operations Human Resources & Organisational Development Directorate, Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Keith Higgs, Health & Safety Advisor and Risk Manager, Uni Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

  • Fran Hook, Assistant HR Director, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust

  • Sue Scott, Head of Human Resources, Greenwich PCT

  • Maggie Woods, HR Manager, Suffolk East PCT

  • Andrew Gilbey, Assistant Director (Occupational Health), York Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Carole Hunter, Head of Occupational Health Services, Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Gillian Morris, HR Manager (Primary Care), Enfield PCT

  • Nicola Brackey, HR Officer (Primary Care), Enfield PCT

  • Perry Woodhouse, Technical Instructor 1 & Unison Health & Safety Officer, Notts Healthcare Trust

  • Adrian Warrren, Health & Safety Manager, Cheltenham and Tewksbury PCT








Trust News Archive - 2005 -5th July 2005


Winners of the 2005 Trust Awards Announced


The winners of the third East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust Awards were announced at the Trust’s Annual Awards Ceremony held at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne on 5th July 2005. 


The special day also marked the 57th anniversary of the introduction of the NHS.


The NHS now employs around 1.3 million people in England, taking care of patients, clients and their families and carers in hospitals and out in the community. 


Over 350 people, including local civic dignitaries, attended the event which was presided over by Trust chairman John Lewis. 


John Lewis, Chairman said, “The Trust employs around over 5,200 people all of whom are equally important to the final outcome. Of that large group, the Award Ceremony acknowledges a few, who have given that little something extra which, is much admired by patients and their relatives or by their colleagues. On NHS Day (5th July), the 57th birthday of the NHS, may I take this opportunity to publicly offer my very sincere thanks to all staff for their loyalty, commitment, dedication and ability to cope with all extremes.”


As Steve Barnett, Director of NHS Employers, explains, "Tuesday 5th July is, more than anything, a celebration of one of the most varied and multi-talented teams of people in the world."


While a healthy NHS relies on many factors, the greatest benefit to patient care comes from those who work within the NHS - doctors, nurses, midwives, the healthcare scientists and therapists, those who look after the maintenance of the buildings, the administrative staff, those involved in research, and the people who are involved in the technology are essential to the running of such an organisation. 


So Tuesday 5th July is a great opportunity for everyone to thank all the 1.3 million people who work within the NHS – and all those staff in Eastbourne and Hastings who continue to dedicate themselves to improving patient care. 



Improving Working Lives Award


Is to the individual or team that has pioneered innovative developments, which have changed working practices, bringing about sustainable change for staff. The winners are the nurseries on both Hastings and Eastbourne sites - Health Tots Nursery and Rainbow Nursery respectively.



Health Tots and Rainbow Nursieries receiving their award from Monica Green


Monica Green presents the award



A nominator said, “Without them many of us would not be able to come to work. They are hardworking, supportive and always flexible. I am happy to come to work safe in the knowledge that my children are being cared for by caring and dedicated people, which in turn means I am happier and can offer a better service to service users. They really are the forgotten few!”







21st April 2004


"Back to the Floor" for Hospital Directors


Trust Directors went "Back to the Floor" to spend time in different areas of the Trust with front line staff seeing at first hand the issues they deal with on a daily basis.


Monica Green, Director of Human Resources, said, "Visiting different departments and spending time with staff is an enlightening experience; you can see the commitment and dedication of staff to provide a good quality service to our patients as well as seeing what really goes on."



Monica Green on switchboard


Monica Green at the switchboard



"For the Directors to go ‘back to the floor’ is a valuable opportunity to see at first hand what goes on. We are able to see where our service fails to respond fully to the needs of the patient; the system creates unnecessary delays in the patient’s journey, and can very quickly facilitate the immediate implementation of all those brilliant ideas that staff have, but haven't felt able to put into practice". 



Irene Dibben in the DGH kitchens, Monica Green article, Eastbourne


Irene Dibben in the DGH kitchen



During the two week period Chief Executive, Annette Sergeant spent time with the bed management teams. Trust Chairman, John Lewis spent time in the out patient department at Bexhill Hospital. Director of Human Resources, Monica Green spent time working on the hospital switchboard and with staff in endoscopy while Chief Nurse, Cathy Stone worked with the porters and physiotherapists. Non Executive Director Irene Dibben worked for a morning in the DGH kitchens.


Staff have welcomed the opportunity to share their views and ideas with Directors and follows on from the success of a similar exercise last year. 












With thanks to Action Groups around the world for the supply of real case history and supporting documents.