The manager responsible for looking after the finances of Norfolk’s largest healthcare provider has resigned.

Julie Cave, who was Director of Resources at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH), left the trust after six years of service.

She was the longest-serving Executive Director on the NNUH Board of Directors.

The trust is currently facing a deficit of £ 9.5million at the end of this fiscal year.

Ms. Cave’s departure leaves confidence with only two permanent directors in the NNUH leadership team.

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They are Emma McKay, Director of Nursing, and Jeremy Over, Director of Workforce.

Sheila Budd, the former deputy director of resources, has been appointed interim director of finance.

She completes a quartet of non-permanent appointments to the Trust’s management team.

The others are Mark Davies, Acting CEO, Peter Chapman, Acting Medical Director, and Richard Parker, Acting COO.

The latest member of the management team is Trust Chairman John Fry.

In a statement to staff, seen by the EDP, Mr Davies said: “Julie led the finances and was responsible for the Clinical Research Network: Eastern and helped the three acute care hospitals in Norfolk form the Eastern Pathology Alliance, which provides a merged pathology service to all general practitioners.

“We wish him all the best for the future.”

Ms. Cave was responsible for financial services, capital planning and monitoring, information technology, estate management and the environment, as well as contracting and procurement.

His departure comes three weeks after the resignation of the CFO of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Paul James left the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with ex-CEO Dr Keith McNeil ahead of the publication of a highly critical report from the health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission.

The hospital would then have a deficit of £ 1.2million per week.

See the EDP and tomorrow’s evening news for more on this story.



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