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Chief Executive Steve Waite announces retirement from Livewell Southwest

3rd October 2017

Chief Executive, Steve Waite has announced he will be retiring from his role at Livewell Southwest CIC next February. The Board has now begun the process to appoint his replacement.

Steve commenced his career in healthcare as a student nurse in Plymouth in 1981 and has enjoyed a variety of roles in healthcare, becoming Chief Executive of Livewell Southwest when he established the organisation with colleagues in 2011 as the largest social enterprise in England delivering NHS services.

Since that time, the organisation has grown from 2,000 to 3,000 employees, has expanded geographically from Plymouth to provide community health services in South Hams and West Devon and has furthered its services in Plymouth to include adult social care. Livewell Southwest has established a reputation nationally for developing and delivering innovative services that are at the forefront of integrating health and social care services in the community.

In 2016, Livewell Southwest achieved an overall ‘Good’ rating by the Care Quality Commission and is one of only a few other NHS providers nationally to have achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating for its acute mental health unit (Glenbourne) and community learning disability service.

Steve comments: “I am passionate about the model that has become Livewell Southwest and the enthusiasm shared by colleagues right across the organisation for developing and delivering excellent services. I am extremely proud of what Livewell Southwest has achieved and influenced, locally and nationally, since our inception. I feel that now is the right time to consider handing over the leadership, for the next phase of the organisation’s journey and development.”

Duncan Currall, Chairman, Livewell Southwest CIC comments: “Together we have created a successful organisation with strong partnerships in the communities where we work. Under Steve’s leadership, we have seen integrated health and social care becoming a reality, driven forward by an empowered and compassionate workforce delivering quality care that is in the best interests of people and their families in our communities.

“We will take time to secure the right leader to succeed Steve; a leader who shares similar compassion, values, drive for excellence and a strong understanding of what a social enterprise such as ours is capable of delivering as part of a collaborative health, social care and community and voluntary sector system.

“It has been an absolute privilege to work with Steve, a sentiment I know is shared by colleagues here and partners outside the organisation. We wish Steve all the very best in his well-earned retirement.”