THE chairman of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been appointed for a second term.

Harry Turner's appointment was confirmed by he NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA).

Mr Turner said the trust, which runs the Kidderminster, Alexandra and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals, had "come a long way" but there was still "lots to do" over the next two years.

He added: “I have seen dramatic improvements across the three hospitals in the trust. The quality of care we provide has improved, the satisfaction levels of our patients and staff has increased and patients really are at the heart of everything we do.

“I am proud to be part of the great team which is Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Every day I work with dedicated staff, who are committed to improving the care they give their patients. It is a privilege to work alongside them but we still have more to do.

"Later this year the CCGs will be leading the consultation on the future of acute hospital services in Worcestershire and that work will have a profound impact on us.

"We welcome the work being led by the CCGs and look forward to being part of the solution for clinically and financially sustainable hospital services for the future.”

Mr Turner's appointment runs from December 1 this year until November 30, 2016. He is entitled to receive remuneration of £23,600 a year.

An independent organisation, the NHS TDA works with other national bodies such as NHS England, the Care Quality Commission and Monitor, to help ensure they play an important role in providing broader health system leadership to deliver sustainable, high-quality care.