Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust's (NUH) Chief Executive and Medical Director will retire in 2017, after a combined 70 years of service to the National Health Service.
Peter Homa, one of the longest serving Chief Executives in the NHS, will retire this summer, after almost four decades of service to healthcare. Peter joined NUH in 2006, the year Queen's Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital merged to form NUH.
Dr Stephen Fowlie, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive at NUH, will retire in May 2017 after spending more than 35 years in the NHS, including 20 years as a consultant in general and geriatric medicine at Nottingham City Hospital, where he became Medical Director in 2004.
Louise Scull, NUH Chair, said: "Nottingham is incredibly fortunate to have in Peter one of the finest leaders in the NHS. He is inspirational, visionary and relentless in his commitment to our values. Peter excels at working in NUH and across health and social care to do the best for patients and their families. Under Peter's and Stephen's exceptional leadership, NUH has become a continuously improving and high performing organisation over the last decade. Stephen's wise counsel has been greatly valued by the Trust Board over many years notably when dealing with some challenging issues. In his roles as Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive, Stephen's decision-making has always been guided by what is right for patients and the belief that we should consistently be open and transparent to those we serve. Their achievements are unrivalled in the NHS and for this reason, Peter and Stephen will be greatly missed. After such dedicated NHS service, I fully understand their decision to create the next chapter in their family's life stories during their retirement."
NUH is of the biggest and busiest acute Trusts in England, employing 14,500 staff. They provide services to over 2.5 million residents of Nottingham and its surrounding communities.
There has been an outpouring of gratitude from both staff and patients toward the chief executive and medical director on social media.
Recruitment for Peter and Stephen's successors will commence in the near future.