The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust – stakeholder update

After 13 years of service to The Walton Centre, CEO Chris Harrop has decided to step down and take up a new opportunity outside the Trust.

Chris will be joining Mersey Internal Audit Agency (MIAA) as Programme Lead in the Advisory Services Team early in 2018.

Chris said: “I’m really sad to be leaving The Walton Centre. I have nothing but pride and admiration for my colleagues here, I have enjoyed a varied and fulfilling part of my career at Walton, so this is quite a wrench, but I’m excited about joining a new team and undertaking a new challenge. I have known and worked with colleagues in MIAA for many, years and MIAA is an organisation that I have always held in very high regard. We share a common philosophy to always strive for improvement and we share a common value base. I’m also looking forward to using my knowledge and experience of the local system to help support the on-going growth of MIAA.”

“There will never be a good time to leave; however, I believe Walton is in a strong position. We are rated Outstanding by the CQC, we have Investors in People Gold, we are financially sustainable and we have the Vanguard legacy, but above all, we have some the best staff in the NHS and we will always deliver the best care for our patients.”

“I have a young family and elderly parents so I’m taking the opportunity to work part-time for the next period of my career to help support my family more effectively”.

The process will commence immediately to find a successor to Chris, and further updates will be provided through the Trust Communications team.

Chris leaves The Walton Centre in a strong position. The Trust was rated “Outstanding” by the CQC in 2016, it holds Investors in People Gold status, and is one of only 12 exemplar NHS organisations in Health and Wellbeing. The Trust is also an Acute Care Vanguard site, and has been consistently rated by staff as being one of the best places to work in the NHS.