Bury St Edmunds based West Suffolk NHS Trust appoints interim medical director
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new interim medical director.
Paul Molyneux, who has been a consultant at the trust for over 18 years, will take on the role for the next 12 months.
It follows an announcement in April that two directors at the trust - which runs Bury St Edmunds based West Suffolk Hospital, as well as working with other care providers across the region, are to step down from their roles due to personal reasons, and retirement.
Mr Molyneux was previously the trust's deputy medical director.
He said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role as interim medical director.
"It goes without saying that this has been an incredibly difficult time for all of the NHS but every single person across our trust has gone above and beyond in caring for the residents of west Suffolk since the pandemic began.
I am passionate about helping those around me to develop both professionally and personally.
"I’m lucky to have been involved in many projects to help improve the quality of care patients receive since starting at the trust nearly 20 years ago and have seen huge changes not only in the way we treat patients but in medicine as a whole.
"I’m very excited to get started.”
Mr Molyneux replaces Dr Nick Jenkins as medical director who stepped down 'for personal reasons' relating to family illness. He will remain at the trust however as a part-time emergency department consultant.
Helen Beck, chief operating officer, will retire at the end of November and a successor is expected to be appointed to start in December.
Trust chief executive Stephen Dunn said: “Paul brings many years of consultant experience with him as well as the knowledge he has developed as deputy medical director.
Paul is a very well-known professional at the trust and I have no doubt he will continue to lead our doctors with care, compassion and success that we have seen over the last few years.
"We’re very excited that he has accepted this role.”
Paul takes over from previous medical director Nick Jenkins who has stepped down due to caring responsibilities for his family but will remain working at the trust as a part-time emergency department consultant.
West Suffolk Hospital is a 430 bed hospital , serving a population of around 280,000 across 600 square miles.
As well as running the hospital, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is joining up NHS care across the area by providing many of the community services in West Suffolk.