Today is the first day for Mark Cubbon as Group Chief Executive of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs ten hospitals and two community services in Greater Manchester.
Mark revealed that he has very fond memories of his time training and working as a nurse at three of them – Trafford General Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Withington Hospital.
Mark, previously Chief Delivery Officer for NHS England, said: “There’s so much that has changed since I was a nurse here 30 years ago. However, despite the challenges facing the NHS, one thing which hasn’t altered is that every member of the MFT team is working incredibly hard to deliver the best possible care for our patients.”
“When I’ve been out and about, meeting with colleagues before formally taking on the role, I’ve stressed the need to build on our existing support for our staff, who go above and beyond every day. I am keen to continue MFT’s reputation as an inclusive employer, embracing diversity and being guided by our values.”
Mark also highlighted MFT’s position as “a unique clinical care provider with research and innovation at its heart”.
He said: “I’m fortunate to be joining an organisation where world-class research and innovation means that we are securing early access to new medications and clinical procedures for our patients. Our partnerships with the Universities in Manchester are central to our ability to play a leading role in this area.”
“Working together to tackle health inequalities is a shared priority for health and care partners across Greater Manchester. I am absolutely committed to ensure that MFT continues to play a key role in delivering improvements for our patients. In order to do this, it is hugely important that we further deepen our understanding of the needs of our diverse communities.”
“I want to ensure that we build on MFT’s fantastic achievements by continuing to collaborate with our partners across the health and social care system, to create truly joined-up services where they deliver benefits to our patients.”