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UCLPartners Chair announces transition to new leadership

21 July 2016

David FishUCLPartners Chair Professor the Lord Ajay Kakkar has announced that David Fish will be standing down as Managing Director of UCLPartners later this year.

Lord Kakkar said: “David has made a remarkable contribution to healthcare in the UK during his impressive career.  As founding Managing Director of our partnership, David has ensured the creation of a sustainable and dynamic organisation, which will continue to meet the needs of patients and populations that we have the privilege to serve.

On behalf of the Board, the partnership and staff I would like to thank David for his relentless dedication and commitment which has impacted the lives of so many patients.”

David will work closely with the Chair, Board and Executive Group of UCLPartners to ensure timely recruitment, handover and transition for his successor.

UCLPartners was set up in 2009 by David with a small team of clinical and academic leaders to enable partnership working for the delivery of patient and population health gain.  The scope and scale of the partnership achievements have expanded tremendously year on year, with strong delivery through collaboration across discovery science, innovation into practice, and more recently population health and place-based care. These developments have brought mental health, primary and community care to the forefront, and the strength of the partnership has secured significant benefits in both mental and physical health for patients and populations, as evidenced on the UCLPartners website.

David was appointed to UCLPartners following his role as Medical Director for the Specialist Hospitals within UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), where he was responsible for the provision of neurosciences, women’s health, cardiovascular disease and dentistry, as well as services at UCLH for cancer and the care of children and young people.

David said: “I feel immensely privileged to have spent the last seven years at UCLPartners. I joined in 2009 with the belief that working in partnership across traditional boundaries was key to improving both science into practice and the delivery of health and care for patients and populations, and this has been our core focus ever since. The people I have worked with at every level on this journey have been a constant inspiration to me, and it is terrific to see the real difference they are making to the health and care system.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the staff of UCLPartners. Their dedication to partnership working will ensure the organisation continues to empower the partners to support communities. The values of support and goodwill displayed at all levels across the partnership and within the company give me real confidence that UCLPartners will go from strength to strength in the future.”

The Board of UCLPartners has commenced the process for appointing David’s successor and the role of Managing Director will be advertised shortly.