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Eilish Midlane has been appointed as the new chief executive of Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The Royal Papworth Hospital on Cambridge Biomedical Campus
The Royal Papworth Hospital on Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Eilish joined Royal Papworth as chief operating officer in 2017, and has been instrumental in leading the organisation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, strategically managing the Trust’s emergency and elective programme, and supporting the operational move to a new hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Announcing the appointment, chairman Prof John Wallwork said: “Eilish brings a wealth of strategic experience at an executive leadership level. As well as a detailed knowledge of the fabric of our organisation and our ambitions, Eilish provides the resilience to help the Trust meet the challenges and changes facing the health service.

“Eilish holds significant NHS expertise in service improvement and delivery, and I am delighted that she is taking up this position as we continue on our journey to deliver tomorrow’s treatments to today’s patients.”

Eilish Midlane, chief executive of Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Eilish Midlane, chief executive of Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Prior to joining Royal Papworth Hospital, Eilish was the divisional director of clinical support services at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, where her role spanned strategy, operational leadership and hospital and clinical services reconfiguration.

Eilish said: “It is a huge privilege to be given the opportunity to take up the role of chief executive at an organisation with a regional, national, and international reputation for excellence and innovation.

“I have been proud to have been part of the Trust’s transformational journey over the past five years. I am looking forward to working alongside our committed and hard-working staff, and harnessing the skills and talents of our people, to continue on our journey and deliver the highest quality care for our patients.”

The RIBA East Award winning Royal Papworth Hospital
The RIBA East Award winning Royal Papworth Hospital

She will take up the role when current chief executive Stephen Posey leaves later this month. Tim Glenn, chief finance officer, will add the deputy chief executive role to his remit.

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK’s leading heart and lung hospital, treating around 50,000 patients each year. The Trust is currently rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), from an inspection carried out in 2019. It became the first hospital Trust in the country to receive the top rating of outstanding in each of the five main domains that the CQC assesses.



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