Publish date: 14 September 2020

​Our Medical Director, Professor Sandeep Ranote, has accepted a secondment opportunity at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WWL), starting from 19 October 2020.

Sandeep will be joining the Trust board at WWL  in a new role as Executive Director leading mental health and community services.

Sandeep has been part of our Trust for 15 years and said: "It's the longest I've worked anywhere and the longest I've worked with one Chief Executive and definitely have very mixed emotions about leaving. I've developed significant ties in Greater Manchester through the course of my work and my heart has always been within Greater Manchester and Wigan, so this feels like a natural continuity.

"I'm delighted to be able to support the development of true place-based integrated care for Wigan and Leigh. I will be focusing on bringing together the physical community services WWL already provides with GPs and mental health services to provide a whole person care approach for local communities."

During her time with the Trust she has led on a number of key areas that have enhanced the Trust's clinical offer. This work has included developing the Trust's children's eating disorder service and driving forward a number of partnerships with national third sector providers, including national Eating Disorder Charity BEAT.

Following an internal recruitment process Dr Tessa Myatt has been seconded as Medical Director to cover the period of Sandeep's secondment.

Tessa was previously Director of Medical Education - Undergraduate and International Fellows and has chaired our Clinical Ethical Reference Group during the pandemic and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. Tessa will retain an element of a clinical role as a CAMHS consultant and will continue to be responsible for the International Fellow programme.

Joanne Hiley, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality, will take on the executive lead role for the Wigan borough.