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UHMBT appoints new Chief Operating Officer

11 March 2022

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) is pleased to announce that following a recruitment process, Scott McLean has been appointed as the organisation’s new Chief Operating Officer.

Scott trained as a nurse in 1992 in Fife, Scotland, and then spent the next 15 years of his career working in Cardiology in Fife, Edinburgh and Dublin. Having completed his PhD in the pre-hospital care of acute coronary syndromes, Scott moved to London in 2010 to take up post as Divisional Director of Nursing at Barts Health NHS Trust.

In 2013, Scott moved back to NHS Fife and was Executive Chief Nurse there before making the switch to become Chief Operating Officer. Scott then moved to Cardiff, Wales, where he was initially Director of Children and Women's Services before becoming Managing Director of the University Hospital of Wales.

The role of the Chief Operating Officer is critical to ensuring consistent quality care for patients. Chief Operating Officers combine broad operational knowledge with strategic planning.

Scott said: “I am delighted to have been selected as UHMBT’s Chief Operating Officer. The clear drive of the organisation to put clinical leadership at the front-and-centre of how we do things was a big attraction; and I very much look forward to working with my new colleagues to achieve this.

“I am keen to get started in post and take forward the good work already started by teams across the Trust. I’m also keen to do what I can to support the wider health and care system as we make further improvements in safety, quality, financial sustainability, integrated working and performance, and access to our services for people across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

“On a personal note, I very much look forward to enjoying the real lifestyle benefits of living in the North West of England and what it has to offer.”

Scott is expected to start at the Trust at the beginning of July 2022.

Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive, UHMBT, said: “I am delighted to welcome Scott as our new Chief Operating Officer. His vast experience as a clinician and healthcare leader strengthens our commitment to being a clinically-led organisation.

“Scott’s input will be key to our aims to consistently provide the highest possible standards of compassionate care and the very best patient and colleague experience.

“The Trust Board and teams across our hospitals and community services are looking forward to welcoming Scott to our Trust.”