New Chief Executive appointed to Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT
By Saxton Bampfylde
Following the announcement of Mary Edwards’ retirement after twenty-one years at the Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT, the Board has appointed Alex Whitfield as the new Chief Executive.
Alex held senior roles in both the former Basingstoke and Winchester organisations over a number of years before becoming Chief Operating Officer at Solent NHS Trust where she has led on the delivery of clinical services and developing models which join up the community sector, the voluntary sector, GPs and the hospital.
Elizabeth Padmore, Chairman of Hampshire Hospitals Board said:
“This is an exciting opportunity for us and it is a testament to our organisation’s reputation that we attracted such a strong field of high calibre candidates. Working closely with our strong senior leadership team, I am confident that Alex Whitfield will bring new insight and new ideas, but will also keep what we value. Under her leadership we will remain an organisation that is innovative, clinically led and patient-focused.”
“Alex understands the challenges facing the NHS, and with her previous experience of bringing together the hospital and community sector, Alex also understands our opportunities for the future. Above all, the Board were impressed by Alex’s total commitment to our staff and to delivering high quality patient care.”
Alex Whitfield said:
“I am thrilled to be returning to Hampshire Hospitals as Chief Executive. I know it is a great organisation and I am looking forward to working with the fantastic staff as they continue to develop the services they offer to the public. I am excited about the opportunities for the future and about the prospect of closer working between hospitals and community services. Most of all, I am passionate about patient care. I am committed to taking forward the strong values at Hampshire Hospitals where high quality patient care is at the heart of everything - as this is what I truly believe in.”