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Royal Free chief executive Sir David Sloman to step down

Hospital chief received a knight­hood in December 2016 for services to the NHS

17 December, 2018 — By Jane Clinton

THE chief executive of the Royal Free Hospital is to step down.

Sir David Sloman, one of the longest-serving NHS chief executives, will take up a new role as NHS regional director for London in the New Year.

He said he was “proud” to have been the Royal Free London’s chief executive – a position he has held for the past decade. He had worked alongside “the very best staff in the NHS”.

Sir David joined the Hampstead hospital in July 2009, leading it to foundation trust status in 2012. There then followed the acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals in 2014. In 2018, Sir David oversaw the opening of the new £200m Chase Farm Hospital – the most digitally advanced hospital in the NHS – and the roll-out of a new electronic patient records system across the trust’s main hospital sites. He received a knight­hood in December 2016 for services to the NHS.

Sir David said he had loved every minute of his time at the Royal Free. “I have been fortunate to have worked alongside some of the very best staff in the NHS. Their devotion and commit­ment to improving the lives of patients is unrivalled,” he said. “I am leaving the trust in the most capable of hands and would like to wish everybody associated with the Royal Free London every success for the future.”

Trust chairman Dominic Dodd said: “David has been an outstanding leader. He has brought deter­mination, optimism and good humour to the role. He can feel proud of the difference he has made for our patients and staff.”

The recruitment process for a replacement has begun.

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