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Bill Littley appointed to position of unit manager

21 July 2004

Bill Littley appointed to position of unit manager, rural services

Bill Littley has been appointed to the position of unit manager, rural services for Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. The newly-created role is responsible for managing the District Health Board’s health centres in Wairoa, Central Hawke’s Bay and the Chatham Islands.

Bill Littley has held the position of manager of Wairoa’s Hospital and Health Centre for the past three years. Prior to that he was manager of the public health unit.

He has hands-on experience of the challenges of providing healthcare in a rural setting and is committed to working alongside staff in all of the DHB’s rural health centres.

The creation of this new role is the first step in the DHB’s move to strengthen the clinical ‘voice’ at its rural health centres. In addition to the unit manager role, each health centre will be appointing a clinical charge nurse, to work in partnership with the unit manager, to ensure management decisions fit with clinical best practice.

Bill Littley took up the new position last month and splits his time between offices in Wairoa and Central Hawke’s Bay, and keeps in close contact with the Chatham Islands charge nurse.

As part of the restructure, the former management positions in Wairoa and Central Hawke’s Bay were disestablished. In announcing the appointment, chief executive Chris Clarke acknowledged the significant contribution Trish Giddens had made to health care in Central Hawke’s Bay.

“I wish to thank Trish for all that she’s achieved for Central Hawke’s Bay people over the 26 years she has been with the organisation. She was instrumental in the planning and establishment of the Central Hawke’s Bay Health Centre, and in addition to her work in Central Hawke’s Bay, had responsibility for managing the Chatham Islands Hospital and Health Centre for many years.

A strong advocate for her staff and community, Trish leaves behind a capable, dedicated team at the CHB Health Centre. We wish her all the best for the future,” Chris Clarke said.


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