Sir Ian Carruthers appointed as Chair at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has today confirmed the appointment of Sir Ian Carruthers OBE as Chair of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Sir Ian has great experience of health care within the NHS having previously been Chief Executive of NHS South of England and the South West Strategic Health Authority and was interim CEO of the NHS.  He also held Chief Executive roles at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority and Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority.

Amongst his other current roles he is the Chair of Healthcare UK, the Chair of the NHS Supply Chain Customer Board, the Chancellor at the University of West of England and he also holds Non-Executive Director roles in the private sector.

Sir Ian said:

“Taking up this post at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust gives me the opportunity to work with one of the biggest acute hospital providers in the south of England.

“I hope that my significant experience of the NHS and other sectors at a regional and national level can be of benefit to the Trust as it continues to work towards a sustainable future.

“I am looking forward to working with everyone at the hospital and the Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Local Authorities and other providers of healthcare as we all share the aim of improving health and healthcare to the local community.

“I would like to thank Alan Cole for his work as Acting Chairman and I look forward to working with him and the entire board as we continue to strive to provide patients with the best possible standard of care.

Chief Executive at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Ursula Ward said:

“I am delighted by the appointment of Sir Ian, who will bring a wealth of experience and insight to our already successful hospital trust.  His experience across a broad range of environments, including the NHS services at the highest level, will benefit us greatly.  This is not only great news for the trust and its staff, but also for our wider health community.  Together we will work hard to ensure our local population continues to receive great clinical services, with high quality outcomes and an excellent patient experience.”

Sir Ian is expected to take up the post by the end of May 2014.



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