APPOINTED: Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service chief executive Len Richards.
APPOINTED: Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service chief executive Len Richards. CONTRIBUTED

CQ health service to have new chief from November

THE new chief executive of the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, Len Richards, will take up his post in November.

Mr Richards comes to Central Queensland with 26 years experience in the health sector, mostly in the National Health Service (NHS) in Great Britain.

Since April 2012 he has been the chief operating officer for Barts Health NHS Trust, which has a budget of more than $2 billion, about 15,000 staff and 2000 beds.

"Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service is in a sound position financially, but I believe there are always further gains to be made and further service delivery improvements that can be identified," Mr Richards said.

"A key aim will be to further develop a purposeful and positive executive and clinical leadership team with a strong sense of mission and the power to act."

Mr Richards, who has a strong interest in the implementation of major service improvement programs, describes himself as innovative.

"I like to seek out best practice so I can adapt it to an organisation's needs.

"Health care should be population-oriented, as I firmly believe that health care that is responsive to the needs of the population promotes better health and makes services accessible to everyone.

"It is therefore very important that staff and the community are able to influence the way health services are delivered and I am keen to ensure that important decisions are made after proper discussion with staff and the communities affected."

Mr Richards has 12 years experience working with boards, having been an executive director since 2001.