New chair at UCLH 

13/03/2018 00:00 

Lord Prior has been appointed chair at UCLH, replacing Richard Murley who came to the end of his term in December after seven years at the helm.

Lord Prior stepped down as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to take up his appointment at UCLH.

During his career, he has held a number of senior roles in the health sector. He has been Chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Chairman of the Care Quality Commission and most recently was Minister for NHS Productivity at the Department of Health.

On his appointment, Lord Prior said: “I am delighted and feel very honoured to be joining UCLH. It provides not only outstanding secondary and tertiary care but also world-class medical research and medical education.

"And the future could hardly be more fascinating: greater integration of social, primary and secondary care; gene and cell therapies enabling personalised medicine; digitisation; the impact of artificial intelligence, big data and machine learning; much earlier diagnostics and prevention of chronic disease; and electronic patient records to name just a few of the forces that will affect the way we deliver care over the next 20 years.

"These are exciting times and UCLH is uniquely positioned to help lead these changes in the NHS.

“But new technologies, new therapies and the like are only a part and will only ever be one part of the care we provide. The other part is the human part. The skills, the experience, the empathy, the kindness, the essential humanity of all those who work in hospitals and who deliver care whether directly or indirectly to frail, worried, expectant, wounded, ill, damaged, frightened, lonely or dying people.

"UCLH has great people with great values and deep purpose. I look forward to getting to know them.”

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