New health boss makes promises

The new Chief Executive of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, Steve Williamson
The new Chief Executive of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, Steve Williamson

South Tyneside’s new NHS boss has vowed to help improve the health of borough residents.

Steve Williamson, the new chief executive of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust has also pledged to lead the organisation in becoming the premier combined hospital, community and wellbeing provider in the North East by 2020.

Mr Williamson has taken over from Lorraine Lambert, who retired after 36 years of dedicated NHS service, 18 of those as chief executive in South Tyneside.

Mr Williamson, who was previously the Trust’s chief operating officer, said: “Lorraine is a hard act to follow but, as a result of her efforts working with our fantastic staff over the years, the Trust is in a strong position going forward to deliver an exciting agenda of integrated health and social care development and I look forward to building upon her great legacy.”

Trust chairman Peter Davidson said: “Lorraine’s passion for the NHS will be sorely missed but we know that we have a worthy successor in Steve.”