On Thursday 22nd January 2015 it was announced that the Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Anne Eden is to join the NHS Trust Development Authority as Director of Delivery and Development for the South of England from 1st April 2015.
With a focus on clinically-led improvement Anne helped Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to drive up its quality outcomes and is one of the best performers for surgical and hyperacute stroke services and has one of the lowest infection control rates in the country.
Anne led the transformation of local health services, including a major consolidation of women, children and emergency medical services to ensure safe care and better clinical outcomes and the development of pioneering new models such as the Cardiac and Stroke Receiving Unit at Wycombe Hospital.
In 2010 Anne led the bid to acquire community healthcare services, making Buckinghamshire Healthcare one of the earliest integrated acute and community providers in the country and has continued to champion greater integration and collaboration between health and social care services.
Chair Hattie Llewellyn-Davies said: ‘On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Anne for her focus and commitment to the staff and patients at Buckinghamshire Healthcare over the past eight years. She has transformed the organisation and ensured that delivering safe and compassionate care is central to the way we work.
Anne has been integral in establishing a new Board over the past year and we have a clear strategy with our local partners for the future. It has been a real pleasure working with Anne and we will miss her greatly. I wish her all the best in her new post and look forward to continue working with her in the future.”
I am delighted that Neil Dardis, the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, will become Interim Chief Executive from 1 April  and I am confident that under his leadership the Trust will continue to move forward and improve.‘
Anne says: ‘It will be a huge wrench to leave Buckinghamshire, but I feel privileged to accept this role and the opportunity to gain a different perspective of the NHS at a national level and to share my own learning and experience is one that I could not let pass me by. I am so proud of the staff and all that they have achieved. They have made the Trust a strong, resilient organisation and I am confident that it will go from strength to strength. I will continue to live in the area, so they will never be far from my thoughts.‘
Sir Peter Carr, Chairman at the NHS Trust Development Authority said: ‘I am delighted that Anne has decided to join our Board. She brings with her a wealth of experience as the Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. During her time at the Trust, she has overseen significant improvement in the quality of care provided to patients and in 2014 led them out of special measures.
I am confident that she will be a real asset to all the NHS Trusts in the South as they work towards a sustainable, high quality future.‘