Dr Ruth Williamson is announced as the new chief medical officer for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT).

Dr Williamson joins from University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust (UHD) where she spent time as interim chief medical officer in the past year and has been consultant radiologist since 2014. Ruth is clinical lead for the Wessex Imaging Network and is a visiting professor at Bournemouth University.

With a background in clinical radiology and extensive experience in clinical leadership, Dr Williamson brings the right balance of solid medical credentials alongside an informed understanding strategic delivery.

Alex Whitfield, chief executive of HHFT says: “We are delighted to welcome Ruth to Hampshire Hospitals; she brings a passion for patient care and system working, as well as a wealth of experience gained both most recently in UHD and before that, at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London.

“I know Ruth will provide the right insight and leadership to the trust especially as we look ahead to consulting on our new hospital programme which represents a leap in healthcare provision for the region.

“I would like to thank Dr Nick Ward who has been acting as interim chief medical officer, he has made an extremely valuable contribution in recent months and the trust has been well-served by his stewardship.”

Speaking about her appointment, Winchester-based Dr Williamson says: “I am really honoured to have the opportunity to bring my experience to support the staff and patients of my local hospitals as we build for a sustainable future that meets the needs of our population.”