Steven Bolam started in his new role of director of finance, performance and informatics at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust this week.

Steven has joined St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth PCTs, where he held the position of director of finance and performance.

Steven has significant board-level experience, having previously held director-level roles at Hampshire PCT, Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust, Oxford.

Speaking about his new role Steven said:

“I see the role at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as one of the most rewarding and challenging opportunities in the NHS. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a tangible difference to the way that care is delivered to the patients and residents of south west London and beyond.”

Miles Scott, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, said:

“Steven has an excellent track record and a wealth of NHS experience. His knowledge and understanding gained from working in one of the most significant commissioning jobs in the country and for an established foundation trust, will be crucial in helping us to achieve our long-term goals.”

Neal Deans has also started in his new role as joint director of estates and facilities for St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George’s, University of London this week. Neal had been director of estates and facilities for St George’s Healthcare since 2005.

Neal will be responsible for the development of a joint estates strategy and providing professional leadership to the estates and facilities functions of both organisations. He will also manage the trust and university’s property portfolio and support facilities including maintenance, cleaning, catering and transport, and will oversee capital projects, which include new builds and refurbishments.

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About St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare providers in southwest London. Its main site, St George’s Hospital in Tooting – one of the country’s principal teaching hospitals – is shared with St George’s, University of London, which trains medical students and carries out advanced medical research. As well as acute hospital services, the trust provides a wide variety of specialist and community hospital based care and a full range of community services to children, adults, older people and people with learning disabilities. These services are provided from Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, 11 health centres and clinics, schools and nurseries, patients’ homes and Wandsworth Prison.
  • St George’s Hospital, Tooting, is one of London’s four major trauma centres. In 2011/12 the emergency department at St George’s Hospital treated an average 447 patients each day, with 95.06 per cent of patients being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.
  • St George’s Hospital is one of eight hyper acute stroke units in London. The trust’s stroke services were rated as the best in the country by the National Sentinel Audit 2010, and in the top four in 2011.
  • St George’s Hospital has one of the biggest and busiest of the eight heart attack centres in London. The heart attack centre at St George’s Hospital was rated as having the best response rate for treating heart attack patients in London in the 2012 Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP).
  • The trust is an accredited centre of excellence for trauma, neurology, cardiology and cancer services, and the national centre for family HIV care and bone marrow transplantation for non-cancer diseases.
  • In 2011 the trust was named by the Dr Foster report for the Department of Health in the group of trusts with the lowest mortality rates in the country. The trust was one of only 14 in the country to have statistically significant lower than expected mortality rates.
  • The trust passed all national cancer treatment and diagnosis targets in 2011/12, improving the prospects for thousands of cancer patients.
  • In April 2012 the trust reported its lowest ever infection rates, with a 95 per cent reduction in MRSA over the last five years and only one MRSA bacteraemia (blood stream) infection in 2011/12.
  • The 2011 Care Quality Commission (CQC) national inpatient survey has confirmed that the trust is achieving results expected of a major healthcare provider, ranking ‘about the same’ as similar trusts in the country in all 77 survey questions.
  • The trust has returned a financial surplus for the last five years and has no historic debt. This has allowed the trust to invest in front line services and estate and facilities development, including the recent redevelopment of the A&E unit, the opening of a state-of-the-art regional breast cancer screening centre, and the development of a new pre-operative care centre. The trust is also developing state-of-the-art neurorehabilitation services at St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals.