Mr Steven Livesey to take up role on 3 December

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has brought in a new cardiac surgeon from outside the organisation to provide leadership for the service.

Mr Steven Livesey, an experienced consultant cardiac surgeon currently based at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, will take up the role at St George’s on 3 December.

Mr Livesey – who will join St George’s on secondment from Southampton for a year – will also have clinical commitments as part of his role.

As Associate Medical Director for cardiac surgery at the Trust, Mr Livesey will help ensure St George’s continues to deliver improvements in cardiac surgery, so ensuring we provide a safe, credible and comprehensive service for the communities we serve.

His new role at St George’s has been endorsed by the independent panel convened by NHS Improvement to oversee the improvements we are delivering in cardiac surgery.

“A senior and experienced clinician”

Mr Livesey said: “I am pleased to be joining St George’s, and look forward to playing my part in the improvement journey cardiac surgery at the Trust is undergoing.”

Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive, said:

“It is really positive that Steven has agreed to join St George’s on secondment and provide leadership to our cardiac surgery service at such a critical time.

“The independent report carried out by Professor Mike Bewick was very clear that we needed to make significant improvements to the service, whilst also appointing a senior and experienced clinician to lead the unit.

“His role will be a key part of our improvement journey.”