Staff, governors and the Boards of Directors gathered to say a final farewell to Margaret Oldfield who will shortly leave her position as Chairman of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. Margaret’s third term as Chairman comes to an end on October 31st 2011, as she decided not to stand for reappointment, in line with Monitor regulations.
Margaret was appointed Chairman of the Trust in 2002 and helped to guide the organisation to achieve NHS Foundation Trust status in 2005 and become one of the top performing Trusts in the country.
Margaret says: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone I have worked with for making my years at the Trust so special and memorable. It has been a real privilege to work with so many dedicated and enthusiastic people who want to make healthcare in Rotherham even better. I have had personal satisfaction in seeing the organisation grow and develop. The Trust is a truly inspiring organisation and even more so now that Rotherham Community Services have merged with the hospital.
“I’ve always been passionate about the NHS and improving healthcare for local people. In my time as Chairman of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust I’ve made every effort to help develop services patients need and build a hospital the town can be proud of.”
Margaret has been actively involved with the NHS in Yorkshire for more than 16 years and in 2010 she was awarded an OBE services to the community in South Yorkshire.
As Chairman, Margaret has maintained strong relationships with the local community and has encouraged staff to develop and fulfil their potential. She has continuously displayed a strong vision for the future of the hospital’s services such as the provision of single sex accommodation, patient safety and excellent patient experience. She has also worked tirelessly in the education, voluntary and health sectors and has been a staunch advocate for patients, victims, and the local voluntary sector.
Margaret added: “I know I am leaving things in good hands and Peter Lee will do a wonderful job as Chairman - I wish him the best. I am sad to leave the Board of Directors and the Non-Exec Directors but I know they work so hard and I have no doubt they will continue to improve things at the Trust for patients, staff and the public.
“I am really going to miss it all and everyone I have worked with. I will however have more time to spend with my grandchildren now which will be really nice. I will continue with my voluntary work with Voluntary Action Rotherham and I will still be involved with Rotherham Hospital Charity.”