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Interim chief executive for Department of Health and Social Care

Thursday, 9 May 2019

The current director of Community Care at the Department of Health and Social Care Angela Murray is to take over as chief executive at the department on an interim basis. 

The appointment was made by DHSC minister David Ashford following the resignation of Dr Malcolm Couch as CEO last week. 

Minister Ashford said:

‘Angela Murray is an extremely able member of the department’s senior leadership team and has led the Community Care Directorate with skill, imagination and humanity. She has worked in public health systems for almost her entire career and her experience as a leader and as a practitioner both on and off the Island, will serve us very well.  She is admired and trusted by colleagues across the department. 

‘Angela understands the myriad of complex issues the Island is facing, across the spheres of health and social care. She has played a key role in developing our integrated care strategy which will be crucial going forward, and has worked closely on a number of projects with other departments. I’m delighted we’ve been able to appoint a new chief executive from among our own team, and in Angela we have someone able to step into the role smoothly, efficiently and with minimum upheaval. I am confident she will hit the ground running.’ 

Angela Murray joined the department in 2015 as interim director for mental health, a position subsequently made permanent. She was promoted to Director of Community Care when a number of divisions were brought together under a new directorate during a restructure of DHSC in 2018. 

She trained here in the 1980’s and began her career as a registered mental health nurse, gaining a qualification in forensic mental health. Ms Murray went on to she work in various roles in the NHS around the UK for more than 18 years, latterly in a health commissioning role at Calderdale, before moving back to the Isle of Man. 

The role and responsibilities of the deputy chief executive are being reviewed and further announcements will be made shortly. Michaela Morris resigned from position last week.

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