Phil Cave is to join East Kent Hospitals as Director of Finance and Performance, following an extensive search and appointment process.
Phil, 40, from Hythe, is currently Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director at Kent and Medway Social Care and NHS Partnership Trust and is the lead finance director for the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Programme.
Phil was Executive Director of Finance and Performance at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and also worked with the South East London Group of Hospitals.
Phil succeeds Nick Gerrard, who is stepping down from a full-time role after 34 years in the NHS.
Chief Executive Matthew Kershaw said: “Nick joined the Trust in May 2015 at a very challenging time for the organisation. His financial leadership was instrumental in supporting the Trust to get control of its finances. He helped the Trust reduce its financial deficit by £14m in 2016/17, put in place a fully costed £32m savings programme for the current financial year and helped deliver improvements to patient care which resulted in the Trust being taken out of quality special measures in March 2017.
“Nick will be a tough act to follow so I am delighted that the Trust was able to attract a strong field of candidates. We were impressed with Phil’s passion for patient care, focus on improving quality and experience across a wide range of NHS services, including the acute sector.
“Phil’s local knowledge of the NHS across East Kent, as well as Kent and Medway, and his financial and wider health service knowledge, will enable us to build on the improvements we have made and move forward at pace with our transformation journey.”
Phil will be joining East Kent Hospitals in the autumn.