Chairman of Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust announces resignation

Ken Applegate, chairman of the Norfolk and Suffolk Community Health Council ANL-160218-163900001

Ken Applegate, chairman of the Norfolk and Suffolk Community Health Council ANL-160218-163900001

The chairman of the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust has announced his resignation.

Ken Applegate will step down in May 2016.

He joined the trust in 2010 from the Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, having previously been an executive at Aviva.

Mr Applegate said: “This has not been an easy decision for me as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the role. In all my time here I have always been totally humbled by what every single person in the trust delivers on a daily basis.

“I have made many friends, all of whom have illustrated to me their total commitment to the health of local people.

“However, I feel it’s time for a change and to do something different. I am very proud of what we have achieved in the past few years.

“I have seen many quality projects come to fruition such as our integration with Norfolk County Council, which is helping to deliver more joined-up health and social care for patients in Norfolk.

“Despite the tough financial environment, the trust has continued to improve services and patient experience.

“This has been evidenced from investment in our estate, such as the £3.7 million redevelopment of North Walsham and District War Memorial Hospital and the £1.9 million refurbishment of Swaffham Community Hospital, which I was proud to see reach its 125th anniversary.

“Smaller investments, such as installation of dementia-friendly signage, has significantly improved patient experience.”

“We have a reputation as one of the best for digital IT compared to similar organisations. A good example of this has seen the roll out of mobile working technology for all of our community nurses.

“It has been wonderful to lead this organisation and it is my leaving wish that it is able to continue to deliver services that are integral to patients whatever pathway they may be on. I believe we have the strongest team we have ever had so I leave with great confidence for the future.”

The process of replacing Mr Applegate as chairman will start in the coming weeks, the trust said.