Final Farewell to Claire Molloy

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have said their final farewell to their Chief Executive Claire Molloy.

In her four years at the Trust Claire has introduced significant improvements to the culture and overall leadership of the organisation and also to the quality of the services it provides.

CQC ratings have improved across all services and she was instrumental in ensuring that the local communities affected by the proposed changes to nursing beds in the community hospitals were involved in developing alternative plans.

In her final blog she takes no credit for these improvements paying tribute to the staff and partners:

“This has only been possible because of the immensely talented and committed crew in the ‘ship’ that is CPFT. The people who work for, and with, this organisation, be you staff, governors, members or partners, are the most dedicated, skilled and hard-working of any I have worked with. And it is undoubtedly down to you that we have made the progress we have.”

Claire is highly respected and much loved by the staff at CPFT. She urges the Trust to continue on the path of improvement that the organisation is on and gives her support to Stephen Eames as he takes over the reins in an interim capacity:

“My hope for the future is that you continue to build on the cultural and improvement journey you have started; and that the services CPFT provides are fully valued and appreciated for their immense worth. At the end of the day, our services support some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in society.

“The work we have done to embed our values in everything we do and the cultural progress we have made so far gives me every faith in you all to continue our journey and to hold on to the values that we created together. I am sure that the spirit and ambition of people who work for CPFT will continue to drive improvements long after I am gone.

“Stephen Eames becoming the Interim CEO for CPFT supported by John Howarth as his deputy, is a big step forwards in this journey and I have every confidence in him and all the leaders in CPFT in navigating this next phase.”

During a short presentation in which she was presented with flowers and gifts from staff she was described by her co-workers as inspirational and courageous for all the work she has done for the Trust.

Mike Taylor – former Chair of the Trust who was in charge of her appointment said that she had “more than fulfilled the expectation and aspirations of those who appointed her” adding that she is “leaving a legacy behind that is good and excellent and a Trust that is hugely better than it was.”

Claire is leaving the Trust to be closer to her family and take up the post of Chief Executive of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.