Homerton trust appoints chief executive with background in nursing

A nurse has been appointed as chief executive of Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and place-based leader of the City & Hackney Health and Care Partnership.

Louise Ashley, who will be joining Homerton Healthcare in autumn, first worked at the trust between 1997 and 2000 as a senior nurse for children’s services and assistant director of nursing.

“She has the enthusiasm, determination and skills both to ensure Homerton Healthcare”

John Gieve

Before her current position, she was chief nurse for six years at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

Currently Ms Ashley is the chief executive of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust in Kent and under her leadership it has gone from a Care Quality Commission rating of ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’.

Ms Ashley, who remains a registered adult and children’s nurse, said she was “delighted” to be joining Homerton Healthcare and taking the executive lead in the City and Hackney Health and Care Partnership.

She said: “Homerton Healthcare has a tremendous reputation both within its local communities and throughout the NHS.

“I look forward to working with staff across the organisation as well as with governors, volunteers and partners to deliver the best services for our patients in hospital and in the community, and also to ensure that Homerton is the very best place to work for all our staff.

Of her appointment to lead the City and Hackney place-based partnership, Ms Ashley said: “I know the different partners already work closely together and I believe we can further integrate services to improve population health and reduce inequalities in the coming years.”

Trust chair Sir John Gieve said: “Louise has a very strong track record as a leader in  both acute and community health care.

“She has the enthusiasm, determination and skills both to ensure Homerton Healthcare continues to provide outstanding services to its communities, and to help shape a more intergrated health and care partnership in City and Hackney while strengthening our wider contribution in north east London.”

Zina Etheridge, chief executive of the North East London Integrated Care Board, said: “Louise will be joining Homerton at an important time of change as we further develop our integrated system across [North East] London.

“We look forward to working with her as we develop our local NHS collaborations across acute and community services.”

Ms Ashley replaces Tracey Fletcher who left the trust in March to take up a chief executive role in East Kent.


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