New chairman of a Jersey health board to be paid £1,440 per day

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THE chair of a new board responsible for overseeing the Health Department will be paid around £225,000 for the three-days-a-week role over the next 12 months, it has emerged.

UK professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor’s travel and accommodation expenses will also be covered by the government.

Prof Mascie-Taylor is the author of the critical £85,000 report published last month, which alleged that a ‘Jersey Way’, ‘bullying’ and a ‘bias against standardisation’ in Health were threatening patient safety and that an updated health board with new leadership was part of the solution.

The senior clinical lecturer – whose appointment has sparked strong concerns about a possible conflict of interest – was already known to the Health Department, after being asked to undertake the review last year by director general Caroline Landon, having previously acted as external assessor during the appointment of medical director Patrick Armstrong, who he later mentored during weekly meetings.

Prof Mascie-Taylor will be contracted to work three days per week at a rate of £1,440 per day – roughly £225,000 for the year. The Health Department said the rate ‘was market mapped as part of the recruitment and selection process against all candidates considered to have the skills and experience required for the position’.

Challenged over Prof Mascie-Taylor’s appointment by newly appointed Health Scrutiny panel member Deputy Andy Howell in the States yesterday – who said she was aware of concerns among Health staff about the appointment, given Prof Mascie-Taylor’s ‘previous professional relationship with members of the executive’ – Chief Minister Kristina Moore insisted that there was no ‘conflict of interest’ and that she had ‘confidence in the process’.

Responding separately to questions from the JEP and Bailiwick Express, the Health Department said that it did ‘not perceive the appointment of Prof Mascie-Taylor for a period of 12 months as a conflict of interest, as he now moved from author to implementor’. It also confirmed that no Jersey candidates ‘formally applied’ for the position.

The department added that the new chair would be ‘looking to base himself on-Island for the duration of the contract’ and that his travel and accommodation would be covered, as per government policy. The budget allocated for this was requested but not provided.

The recruitment process was carried out by health-specialised executive search firm Gatenby Sanderson – whose fees were described as ‘commercially confidential’ – and overseen by the Jersey Appointments Commission (JAC). Of the 52 candidates that were sourced, five progressed to interview.

Commenting following his appointment, Prof Mascie-Taylor said: ‘I know that the service has many committed staff who wish to be part of a strong, mutually respectful and effective team delivering the best possible care to all patients. I look forward to working with them to put in place the key structures, processes, and culture and behaviours necessary to drive improvement, openness and transparency.’

Speaking anonymously, one consultant told the JEP that the mentorship had already ‘raised eyebrows’ among other clinicians. They also said consultants felt the appointment process for the HCS chair to have been ‘underhand’, having been led to believe that they ‘would have input’.

They also said some senior health staff felt ‘let down and aggrieved’ by Prof Mascie-Taylor’s ‘Jersey Way’ report, as the roughly 70 staff spoken to were apparently ‘senior managers rather than senior clinicians’.

‘There is also concern that key people were not spoken to and, if they were, what they said did not find its way into the final report,’ the consultant added.

A senior clinician at the Hospital said he had spoken to a number of colleagues, with ‘a considerable degree of concern’ expressed about the appointment.

‘We are not sure how independent the new board will be, and whether it will be open and transparent,’ he said.

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