Wel­com­ing NHS’s new chief exec

Heather ex­cited for new role

East Kilbride News - - MILES AHEAD - NI­COLA FINDLAY

NHS La­nark­shire have un­veiled their new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Heather Knox has held the po­si­tion at the health board on an in­terim ba­sis since June and will now take over per­ma­nently.

Heat he r j o i ne d NHS L a na r k s hi re i n Jan­uary 2015 hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked as NHS Fife’s di­rec­tor of acute ser­vices.

She was also di­rec­tor of re­gional plan­ning for the West of Scot­land and has been praised by the Health Sec­re­tar y Jeane Free­man for her lead­er­ship through the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Of her new role, Heather said: “Work­ing as in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive of here has been an hon­our and an in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I am ex­cited to have this op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue the work I have started in the role.

“We a r e f o r t u nat e t o hav e f a nt a s t i c staff through­out all parts of NHS La­nark­shire and they con­tinue to amaze me with their ded­i­ca­tion, en­thu­si­asm and pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

“We know how dif­fi­cult re­cent months have been for our pa­tients and staff. I am com­mit­ted to lis­ten­ing to you and work­ing w i t h y o u t o e n s u r e NHS L a n a r k s h i r e pro­vides the best pos­si­ble care at this time in a way that is fair and eq­ui­table to all.”

Among the many traits the new chief ex­ec­u­tive possesses, Heather has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing jointly with col­leagues across health and so­cial care, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity, pri­mary care, in­te­grated joint boards and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Ne e na Maha l , c ha i r woman o f NHS L a na r k s h i r e, s a i d : “I a m d e l i g ht e d t o wel­come Heather as our new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“She br i ngs a s t ro ng t r a c k re c ord of achieve­ment through­out her var­i­ous roles in the NHS and has demon­strated ex­cel­lent lead­er­ship as in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive dur­ing the cur­rent pan­demic.

“She has a clear vi­sion for im­prov­ing the health of the peo­ple of La­nark­shire and en­sur­ing we re­main a high per­for ming heath board. “

She also praised Heather for her com­mit­ment to work­ing with the board, lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, staff and part­ners in en­sur i ng t he health board’s ‘Achiev­ing Ex­cel­lence’ strat­egy is im­ple­mented, along with their plans for a new Univer­sity Hospi­tal Mon­k­lands.

Neena added: “Her knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and skills will en­sure we are well placed to meet the on­go­ing chal­lenges of COVID-19 and the re­cov­ery process and I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with her.”

Ms Free­man con­grat­u­lated Heather on her new role.

S h e a d d e d : “I w a n t t o e x p r e s s my sin­cere thanks to her for the lead­er­ship she has shown as In­terim Chief Ex­ec­u­tive through­out the COVID-19 pan­demic.

“I a m s ure Heather wi l l c ont i nue t o work in part­ner­ship across the health and care sys­tem, pro­vid­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive and in­clu­sive lead­er­ship that will en­sure the con­tin­ued de­liv­ery of high qual­ity ser­vices to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, while en­sur­ing NHS La­nark­shire i s f ully pre­pared f or f uture chal­lenges.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Heather Knox has now taken the role on a per­ma­nent ba­sis

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