NHS Improvement has appointed Alan Burns as the new chairman of Northampton General Hospital.

Alan is currently the chairman of Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and has many years’ experience as a chairman and chief executive. He has also been involved in national work on public sector reform and research and development, and was vice chairman of the NHS Confederation.

Alan Burns

On learning of his appointment Alan said he was looking forward to the challenge of working with the two acute hospitals in Northamptonshire to help create an outstanding acute sector that meets the needs of our local population and has the support of patients as well as Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership.

Alan is keen to emphasise that his focus will be on improving services and partnership working across the two hospitals, saying: ‘I am delighted to be given this opportunity of maximising the chances of success in both our hospitals and am looking forward to meeting the team at NGH and learning more about their services and areas of expertise.

“By working together we can make a greater contribution towards the health and care partnership and our shared work on health and wellbeing in the county. This is not about merger or acquisition but about creating high quality services where staff are proud to work and where patients can expect the highest of standards. I hope I will be able to offer something to help lead both trusts towards becoming outstanding in an excellent system.

“The people in Northamptonshire deserve to receive health services of a high standard, and my aim is to ensure staff feel suitably supported and valued, and for our patients to continue to receive the very best care possible.”

Alan’s appointment, which is for two years, began on 20 December 2018 when he replaced Paul Farenden, who had extended his term of office until a new chairman could be appointed at NGH.

Paying tribute to Paul Farenden, NGH chief executive Dr Sonia Swart, said: “During Paul’s tenure NGH has become a safer, more quality-driven and efficient organisation with a more collaborative culture as recognised by the Care Quality Commission and others.

“We are looking forward to working with Alan and our colleagues at Kettering General Hospital as we set out to strengthen the way we work together and improve services to patients but also ensure that both organisations can continue as viable independent hospitals committed to a journey of improvement.”