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Special measures ambulance trust appoints new chief – Health Service Journal

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Philip Astle, currently chief operating officer at South Central Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, will take up the top job at neighbouring South East Coast Ambulance Service FT in September.

He replaces Daren Mochrie, who is moving to the North West Ambulance Service Trust after two years at SECAmb. Fionna Moore, the trust’s medical director, will act as chief executive until Mr Astle arrives.

Mr Astle previously served in the army, including a lead role as a strategist and planner for operations in Afghanistan. He has also held a number of public and private sectors roles, including in the Border Force and the Passport Office, before moving to SCAS in 2016.

SECAmb chair David Astley said: “I am delighted that we have made this appointment and I look forward to working closely with Philip to continue to help drive the organisation forward.

“I know that his experience at South Central Ambulance Service and his variety of public and private sector experience will be of real benefit to the trust.”

SECAmb has had a turbulent few years, with allegations of bullying and an investigation into a policy which saw some ambulances deliberately delayed.

Mr Mochrie – whose final day at the trust is this Sunday – stepped in after a period of board instability, including the departure of both the former chair and chief executive. During his time at the trust, the Care Quality Commission has improved its rating from “inadequate” to “requires improvement”, although the trust remains in special measures.

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