The long-standing boss of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust is preparing to retire after nearly 13-years in the role.

James Scott, who turns 60 next year and has spent 36 years in the NHS, said in a farewell message to staff that it “had been a privilege” to be chief executive.

He added: “I love this hospital. I’m proud of how we care for our patients and each other and the family-feel that’s tangible the moment you walk in the front door.

“Most of all, I’m proud of you all for your resilience, commitment and determination to deliver the best health care you can to our patients day in, day out.”

Mr Scott will leave his post on 31 March 2020.

During his career, Mr Scott oversaw a number of milestones, including: the RUH’s achievement of Foundation Trust status in 2014, securing the future of services of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in 2015, working in partnership to create Wiltshire Health and Care community services, and most recently introducing a staff development programme.

Mr Scott added: “I’ve been involved in so many positive changes in the RUH in the 12-years I have been here and I feel certain there is an exciting future ahead.

“Saying goodbye is a difficult thing for me to do but I will be passing on the helm with the absolute confidence that the RUH is heading forward to the future on the right course.”

Trust chair Alison Ryan said Mr Scott had been a “dedicated and passionate” CEO.

She added: “His departure will mark the end of era for all of us at the trust. It has been an
absolute pleasure to work with him and every single person at the RUH wishes him all the
very best for the future.”

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, and the surrounding towns and villages in North East Somerset and Western Wiltshire.

The trust provides 759 beds and a range of acute services including medicine and surgery, services for women and children, accident and emergency services, and diagnostic and clinical support services.

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