UCLH announces new Chair 

27/10/2017 00:00 
UCLH is pleased to announce that Lord Prior will take over as Chair when Richard Murley steps down at the end of December after seven years at the helm.

Lord Prior is stepping down as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. 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.

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 and to joining the team.”

Richard Murley has been Chairman at UCLH since 2010. During his time at UCLH, we have achieved excellent results in the national inpatient survey with patients rating their overall care as 8.4 out of 10 - the top score amongst our London peers.

UCLH continues to have one of the lowest mortality rates in the NHS and, in the national NHS staff survey, is rated by staff as one of the best places at which to work and be treated.

Richard said: “David is a great appointment for UCLH and will provide the leadership we need during a period of unprecedented demand on NHS services and a tough climate for public spending. I have been privileged to be part of this great institution during a time of enormous progress. I am quite sure that David will take it on to even greater heights.”

John Knight, Patient Governor and Chair of the Appointment Panel, said: “UCLH is privileged to have attracted somebody of David Prior's calibre, experience and reach. His appointment, one of wide unanimity, will serve patients, staff, volunteers, academic partners and the local and wider health communities well in the future.”

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