Welcoming NHS’s new chief exec
Heather excited for new role
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