Trust welcomes new lead governor

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University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (UHSussex) has welcomed its newly elected Lead Governor Frank Sims to the Council of Governors.

Frank, who became Governor at the Trust in July 2021, has spent a lifelong career in the NHS, including chief executive roles at Colchester Hospital University NHS Trust and Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust. He has also headed up clinical commissioning groups in Sussex and Norfolk.

Frank is a Trustee of the Sussex Cancer Fund, which works with the Sussex Cancer Centre at Royal Sussex County Hospital to give every cancer patient in Sussex the best available treatment and facilities.

He said: “I am delighted to be elected lead governor. I want to represent local views, bring my experience and connection with the hospital, and stand as a critical friend to the Trust to help it deliver great care for all its patients.”

Chair of UHSussex Alan McCarthy said: “We are excited to welcome Frank as lead governor. With his experience, he will play an important role as we strive to provide the highest possible care to the people of Sussex.”

Frank succeeds Lyn Camps, who stepped down from the role of lead governor at the Trust after three years.

Alan added:  “I would like to thank Lyn for all her work during the past three years, not only for Council but also as a volunteer in the Trust.

“She has shown tremendous compassion to patients and staff, and her leadership has shone through.”