Alex Whitfield takes over as Chief Executive of Hampshire Hospitals

WORKING more collaboratively and innovatively with partners in health and social care is the way forward when it comes to providing the best patient care. That’s the view of Alex Whitfield, the new Chief Executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Tuesday 04 April 2017

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Alex Whitfield 1Alex, who officially took up the post on Monday 3 April, said: “I am passionate about patient care and committed to taking forward the strong values held by Hampshire Hospitals. High-quality patient care is at the heart of everything here.

“In this time of ever-increasing demand for health and social care services, Hampshire Hospitals is an innovative organisation, always striving to find better ways of looking after our patients.

“The NHS as a whole is facing unprecedented pressures but there is a real opportunity to change things. I believe that working collaboratively with our partners in health and social care is absolutely the way forward. For example, we need to work together to make sure that people are being treated as close to home as possible.”

Alex has plenty of experience of working across health and social care, having spent the last five years as Chief Operating Officer at Solent NHS Trust, which provides community-based physical and mental health services.

Before that, she spent 13 years working at ExxonMobil’s Fawley Oil Refinery before joining the NHS at North Hampshire Hospital in 2005, covering many areas including project management, clinical governance, productivity and operational management of the Emergency Division.

She went on to become Chief Operating Officer of Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust before moving on in 2012 to take up the role of Chief Operating Officer at Solent.

“It’s great to be back at Hampshire Hospitals,” Alex added. “My first job in the NHS was in Basingstoke and my first board appointment was at Winchester hospital, which is where my children were also born.

“I really care about these hospitals, the staff and our patients. They are fantastic hospitals, with great staff providing great care. I am very excited about the future of the hospitals and the way we care for people who live in the area.”

Elizabeth Padmore, Chairman of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, and Andover War Memorial Hospital, added: “Alex shares a passion for the things that really matter to us at Hampshire Hospitals and brings new skills and expertise.

“She inherits a great organisation with a strong leadership team. At a time when the NHS faces significant challenges, Hampshire Hospitals is performing well.  Alex’s values and strengths mean we have a real opportunity to build on this, and, working collaboratively with our partners, to face these challenges and ensure that we continue to improve and provide the highest standard of care for our patients.

“I would particularly like to thank Dr Andrew Bishop, who stepped in as our Interim Chief Executive. Dr Bishop has done an outstanding job of leading the Trust for the last three months and now returns to his role as our Chief Medical Officer.”

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