A new non-executive director has been appointed to provide challenge and support to the Board of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals and drive improvement in the quality of patient care.
Professor Christine Hallett was appointed to the role following a rigorous selection process, led by hospital governors.
Christine’s background includes working at the Department of Health on issues such as the reconfiguration of London postgraduate teaching hospitals and doctors’ pay. She then moved into academia, teaching social policy at a number of locations, including courses on the history and development of the NHS and how other countries organise their healthcare systems.
From 2003-2010 she served as Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Stirling in Scotland.
Christine said, “I have a strong commitment to the NHS, valuing above all its capacity to meet need, regardless of the ability of patients to pay.
“The current challenges facing the NHS are formidable, including demands associated with an ageing population, the need to provide services to support people in the community, and securing resources to meet rising expectations. I trust that my skills and experience can contribute to finding local solutions to these pressing issues.”
Trust Chairman, Jane Stichbury said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors I am delighted to welcome Christine. She has demonstrated an overwhelming commitment for the Trust to deliver the very best safe and quality patient care and we have a real opportunity to benefit from her experience and build on our best services.
“Christine replaces Alex Pike on the Board of Directors, whose term came to an end after nine years. During that time, Alex consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to improving the patient experience and communication with our patients and their families. We wish her well for the future.”