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ICS chief nurse appointed as trust CEO

Published on: 29 Oct 2021

An acute trust in London has appointed the region’s chief nursing officer as its new chief executive.

Pippa Nightingale will join London North West University Healthcare Trust from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust next year, the provider announced in a statement.

She is currently the chief nurse at CWHFT, chief nurse at the North West London ICS, and she led the rollout of the vaccination programme in the region.

Ms Nightingale will take over from interim CEO Chris Bown. A joining date has not yet been confirmed, but CHWFT has said “further details will be shared” soon.

LNWH chair Lord Amyas Morse said Ms Nightingale “brings with her a wealth of board-level expertise and a proven track record of leading complex healthcare organisations”.

He added: “Pippa’s strong experience as a system leader at an ICS level, and her clinical background in midwifery, will bring significant strengths to LNWH.”

Ms Nightingale said: “I am delighted to be offered the role of chief executive at LNWH, one of the largest and busiest trusts in London.

“I have a passion for ensuring that the NHS offers its patients a high-quality and safe patient experience. I look forward to leading LNWH to drive further improvements for our people of Brent, Ealing and Harrow.”

LNWH is one of four acute providers in London’s north west — the others being CWHFT, Imperial College Hospital Trust and The Hillingdon Hospitals FT — which will share a joint chair in a move to ensure greater collaboration.

It has been one of the trusts hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic as it struggled to cope with pressures on its general acute beds.