Executive Recruitment

Trust Structure

We are one of the largest and busiest acute trusts in the North West of England.                                                                                    

NHS Foundation Trust status was given to us on July 1st 2007. This enables us to:

  • Provide and develop healthcare according to the core NHS principles of free care based on need and not ability to pay
  • Have greater freedom to decide our own strategy and the way we run our services
  • Retain any financial surplus at the end of the year to reinvest in services and care provision
  • Borrow to invest in new and improved services for patients and service users.

We have a key accountability to our local community through our public members and governors. We are also accountable to our commissioners (through contracts), Parliament and Monitor (the independent regulator of foundation trusts).

Providing a comprehensive range of high quality acute care services, our 5,600-strong workforce serves a population of about 400,000 people across Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Neston, North Wales and the wider North West footprint.

The trust structure comprises of 4 divisions:

  • Womens and Children
  • Medical and Acute Speciality
  • Diagnostic and clinical support
  • Surgery

Clinical Support and Diagnostics – Alistair Leinster (Divisional Director), Dr Simon Lea (Divisional Medical Director), Vacant (Associate Director of Nursing).

Medical and Acute Speciality – Shaun Brown (Divisional Director), Nicola Stephenson (Divisional Medical Director), Julie Reid (Associate Director of Nursing).

Women’ and Children – Gary Price (Divisional Director), Mr Mike Ellard (Divisional Medical Director) and Debbie Edwards (Head of Midwifery)

Surgery – Jo Keogh (Divisional Director), Dr Ranj Mehra (Divisional Medical Director) and Naomi Holder (Associate Director of Nursing)

We operate from two main sites (Arrowe Park Hospital and Clatterbridge Hospital), while also providing a range of services in community settings:

  1. Arrowe Park Hospital, Upton – delivering a full range of emergency and acute services for adults and children, plus maternity services
  2. Clatterbridge Hospital, Bebington – undertaking the majority of planned surgical services and some specialist rehabilitation 
  3. St Catherine’s Community Hospital, Birkenhead – providing x-ray and some outpatient services
  4. Victoria Central Health Centre, Wallasey – providing x-ray and some outpatient services.


The full range of our services for local people include:

  • Accident and emergency services for adults and children
  • A diverse range of acute and non-acute specialties
  • Outpatients services
  • Day surgery services
  • Maternity
  • Level 3 neonatal services

Our clinical work is also complemented by corporate services, which comprises of; Executive Office, Operations and Strategy, Finance and Procurement, Human Resources and Organisational Development, Information, Patient and Public Involvement, Quality and Safety, Facilities and Estates Management, Corporate Nursing and Midwifery. You can view the senior structure chart here.

As one of the largest employers in Wirral, we’ve had significant recognition from our external organisations for our support for staff through effective policies, initiatives and partnership working approach.

The commitment to our staff reflects our wider commitment to improve internal efficiencies and develop high quality, people centred care.