DR PETER HOMA, Chief Executive of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is set to take up a new job as Chief Executive of the fourth largest NHS Trust in the Country, the newly merged Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Peter Homa joined St George’s as Chief Executive in November 2003. He is viewed with universal affection and respect by his colleagues at the Trust – which runs St George’s Hospital, the Bolingbroke Hospital and the Wolfson Clinic.

Dr Homa has overseen the Trust’s successful, innovative approach to tackling its long-standing financial challenge and its publication (the first hospital in the country to do so) of death rates for individual operations, as well as fundamental improvements in the quality and speed of patient care.

Dr Homa’s decision to leave St George’s heralds particularly exciting times for him, both personally and professionally. Peter is looking forward to marrying in July and establishing a home with his future wife and much loved family in Leicestershire. He will be leaving St George’s on 7th of July.

Paying tribute to Peter Homa, Trust Chair Naaz Coker said:

“We are really going to miss Peter because he has been a strong, visible leader and an inspiration to many at St George’s.

“But while a little sadness is understandable, staff should share Peter’s optimism for St George’s future – because all of us have, over recent years, built the foundations upon which we can and will improve even further.

“We have had some tough times, and there will undoubtedly be more of them, but Peter has helped provide St George’s with a clear sense of direction and pride in the excellent progress that continues to be made in the provision of high quality patient care.

“I wish Peter and his future wife every happiness as they begin their new lives in the Midlands. It’s understandable that they want to move to where they can be with Peter’s teenage children.”

Dr Peter Homa has the greatest respect and admiration for staff at St George’s and its sister hospitals. He said:

“I have had an incredible time in my two and a half years at St George’s and have learned a great deal. In particular I have seen how devoted staff are to their important work, and how they want their services to succeed and improve.

“We still face big challenges, but the clinical and managerial leaders at St George’s are the best I have ever worked with. Together we have created the framework and confidence for tackling these challenges for the benefit of patients.

“I will look back at my time at St George’s with great affection and will miss the many staff I have worked with – the nurses, doctors, cleaners, estates staff, porters, and everyone else who make it such a great place.”

Notes to editors

  1. Arrangements for selecting Dr Homa’s successor and for the interim management of St George’s will be announced shortly.
  2. Dr Homa joined St George’s in November 2003. He was previously Chief Executive of the Commission for Health Improvement, Chief Executive of the Leicester Royal Infirmary and, many years previously, a hospital porter at St James Hospital in Balham. He was awarded the CBE for services to healthcare in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2000.
  3. For further information please contact Tim Jones, Head of Communications on 0208 725 2717.