EX-GP to bring ‘ex­pert in­sights’ to hos­pi­tal trust

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A former lo­cal GP with 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with the lo­cal Bath com­mu­nity has been ap­pointed as a new non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor to the Royal United Hos­pi­tals Bath NHS Foun­da­tion Trust.

Dr Ian Or­pen, also for­merly the clin­i­cal chair for Bath and North East Som­er­set Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group, will play a key role in bring­ing an in­de­pen­dent per­spec­tive to the board­room and use his pro­fes­sional skills and in­sight to sup­port the gov­er­nance and strate­gic de­vel­op­ment of the trust.

Dr Or­pen said: “As a lo­cal GP I have seen first-hand the crit­i­cal role that an ef­fec­tive lo­cal hos­pi­tal plays in di­rect pa­tient care and its place at the cen­tre of the lo­cal health and care sys­tem for ex­per­tise and spe­cial­ist care de­liv­ery.

“Through my time as a Bath GP, and seven years as the clin­i­cal chair of BANES CCG, I have wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence within the lo­cal care sys­tem and have de­vel­oped a very good un­der­stand­ing of the work­ings of the RUH, both the chal­lenges it faces as well as the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able too, as we move through the Covid-19 pan­demic.”

Trust chair Ali­son Ryan said: “We were look­ing for some­one with an un­der­stand­ing of the chal­lenges we face as we go for­ward, both in Bath and the wider health sys­tem, who had pas­sion for health­care and our com­mu­nity and who had ex­pert in­sights. Dr Or­pen ad­mirably fit­ted the bill on all counts and we are de­lighted he will be join­ing us.”

The trust AGM will take place vir­tu­ally on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 13, from 2pm to 4pm. To join, go to www.ruh.nhs.uk/agm­live

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