Next KMPT Chief Executive announced

Date added: 09 May 2023

Sheila Stenson will be the next Chief Executive of Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), it has been announced today.

She will take over from the current Chief Executive, Helen Greatorex, when she retires later this year.

KMPT’s Chair Dr Jackie Craissati said: “I am delighted to announce that Sheila Stenson will take over as KMPT Chief Executive when Helen Greatorex retires in the autumn.

“The selection and recruitment process was rigorous and robust, and a number of very experienced people with strong track records applied. Sheila was the outstanding candidate, having led significant change in her 20 year plus NHS career. I look forward to working with her to ensure KMPT continues to deliver brilliant care through brilliant people.”

Deputy Chief Executive Sheila Stenson, who is also KMPT’s Chief Finance and Resources Officer, added: “It is an honour to be chosen to lead KMPT and continue its journey to provide outstanding care every time for people who need our help.

“Every year we look after 2,000 people in our hospitals and 54,000 people in the community and I am absolutely committed to making sure we provide them with the best possible care, in environments that support their recovery.  Our services users and their loved ones are at the heart of everything we all do.

“Over the next three years we will use our position as an NHS trust with a presence across the county to do even more to address health inequalities and improve people’s quality of life in our communities.”

Since she joined KMPT in 2017, Sheila has led work to reduce the trust’s financial deficit, introduce even higher standards of financial management, improved the tools and technology available to staff treating those in need of care, and ensured the organisation plays its part in delivering the NHS’s commitment to becoming net zero by 2040.

This has resulted in KMPT’s history of breaking even and this year being on track to eradicate its underlying financial deficit, setting ambitious new standards to make its estate greener and cleaner, and transforming the digital services on offer so staff can use technology to free up more time to work with service users, their loved ones and carers.

Sheila has been instrumental in the development of KMPT’s recently launched, new 3-year strategy. This sets out how the trust will work in partnership to provide outstanding care, in the right place, for every service user, every time.