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Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s chief executive will be stepping down after nearly 20 years. Tony Spotswood has announced he has not applied for the interim joint chief executive role, which has been created as part of the merger of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals and Poole Hospital trusts. Mr Spotswood, who is the longest-serving CEO of a hospital trust in the UK, will leave his role at the end of the month.

CareTrust REIT, Inc says David G. Lindahl has resigned from its Board of Directors to pursue other interests.

Cancer Research UK has appointed Rita Akushie as chief financial officer.

A former health minister has been appointed as the chair of a Home Counties sustainability and transformation partnership. Hertfordshire and West Essex STP has named Paul Burstow as its first independent chair.

A DUP councillor will be sentenced in four weeks after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a fellow nurse at a care home in Co Antrim. Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard Ian Stevenson (49), of Headlands Avenue, Ballymoney, asked the woman for a hug and then deliberately squeezed her breast before joking that he would “grope anything”. He denied the allegation. The woman said she reacted by pushing away Stevenson, who sits on Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, and told him “no”. “He just basically tried to laugh it off and made the joke,” the woman said. “It makes me nervous that somebody in that position could take such an advantage.” Defence counsel said it was unbelievable that Stevenson, a public figure and nurse of 22 years standing, do such a thing in the middle of a care home. Stevenson claimed the woman offered him a hug after he said he was going to lay a wreath on a friend’s grave, and that he at no point touched her breast. District Judge Amanda Henderson said she found the injured party’s testimony in the case against to be consistent and credible. She said Stevenson had failed to provide an explanation for why the woman would fabricate the incident after they had previously been on good terms. The court heard Stevenson has since been dismissed from his nursing position and is challenging the decision at a tribunal.

Anwyl Homes has strengthened its team at its Flintshire head office with a trio of appointments, including two directors and one manager. Alex Wigfield, who previously worked for Bellway Homes, has been appointed land director. He is tasked with acquiring land and securing residential planning permission to enable the development of high quality new build homes in desirable locations across the North West. John Daglish, from Widnes, joins the housebuilder as commercial director. Completing the trio is Gemma Thompson, from Manley, who joins Anwyl Homes as customer care manager.

Care home builders and residential property developers Wynbrook has appointed two new specialists in site management roles and is also investing in the career development of two existing employees through external training programmes. The two new hires are Darren Tonks and Joshua Brookes who have joined Wynbrook as an Assistant Site Manager and Trainee Assistant Site Manager.

A carer defrauded an 81 year old woman using her bank card and used the money to buy lottery scratchcards and cigarettes. Barbara Twamley visited the victim’s home twice a day for 18 months as her carer working for Exeter based Guardian Care, a court was told. Twamley, aged 57, took the victim’s debit card and was seen on CCTV in various stores and supermarkets buying goods and cashback. Exeter magistrates court heard the victim received financial support from Age UK. The court adjourned sentence for a report but warned Twamley that all options were open to them, including custody.