A NEW health boss has taken up his post.
Steve Williamson has started work as the new chief operating officer at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, which provides community health services in Sunderland.
A Trust spokesman said Mr Williamson has significant experience in transforming and improving health services, and a passion for providing the very best possible care and experience to patients, families and carers, using hospital and other health services.
Mr Williamson said: “I am delighted at the opportunity to work with everyone at the Trust. Our public services across health and local government are facing an exceptional financial challenge and I know things are very tough for everyone involved in their delivery. However, I believe the Trust is uniquely placed, with its mix of hospital services in South Tyneside and community services in Sunderland, Gateshead and South Tyneside, to go from strength to strength.”