Chief executive and medical director of QMC and City Hospital to retire

Peter Homa and Dr Stephen Fowlie will retire later in 2017

The chief executive and the medical director of the trust which runs Nottingham’s QMC and City Hospital will retire later this year.

Peter Homa is one of the longest serving chief executives in the NHS and will retire this summer after four decades of service in healthcare.

He joined Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) in 2006, the year QMC and City Hospital merged to form NUH.

Dr Stephen Fowlie, medical director and deputy chief executive, will retire in May after spending more than 35 years in the NHS.

Their departure comes as the trust faces some of biggest financial and medical challenges of recent years.

Mr Homa said: “It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve NUH as Chief Executive for 10 years and the NHS for 27 years as a chief executive.

“I will always treasure the long-lasting friendships and relationships developed with patients, relatives, staff and partners, as well as the accomplishments and challenges experienced during my career.

“My passion for work has so often resulted in time being deflected away from my family; retirement enables me to address this.”

The double departure comes as the trust faces a battle to improve A and E performance, balance the books and solve problems with cleanlieness.

A merger between NUH and the Trust that runs King’s Mill hospital was called off in November 2016 which cost the NHS £10m.

NUH also left cleaning contractors Carillion after hospital bosses raised ‘serious concerns’ over how clean the hospitals were.

This morning (Tuesday January 10), the Trust announced that the QMC had moved from black alert into red alert.

Black alert is the highest level of alert and means that hospitals are under severe pressure and are struggling to cope with the amount of people that need their services.

Red alert is where there is extreme pressure with a high demand for services but not to the point where patients are turned away.

Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham

Dr Fowlie spent 20 years as a consultant in medicine at City Hospital and later became medical director of NUH in 2006 after the merger.

Speaking about Dr Fowlie, Mr Homa said: “Nottinghamshire has benefited significantly from Stephen’s passion, leadership, wisdom and devotion to improve patient care.

“I am very sorry that NUH will lose Stephen’s truly excellent leadership and experience; Stephen is an esteemed Medical Director who is rightly respected and admired at local, regional and national level.

“He has been instrumental in leading NUH’s patient safety and quality improvements over the last decade.

“Stephen has strengthened NUH’s clinically-led culture through successful engagement and involvement of the Trust’s medical workforce.”