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New Medical Director set to start at OUH

31/12/2018
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Professor Meghana Pandit joins Oxford University Hospitals as the Trust's new Medical Director on Wednesday 2 January 2019, following her appointment in September 2018.

She joins OUH from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, where she was Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief Executive.

Dr Clare Dollery, who has been Acting Medical Director since Dr Tony Berendt retired from OUH and the NHS in September 2018, resumes her substantive role as the Trust's Deputy Medical Director.

Speaking at the time of Professor Pandit's appointment in September, Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive of OUH, said: "Meghana is an outstanding medical leader who will strengthen and enrich the Trust Board. She has a wealth of experience in medical leadership and management which I have no doubt will strengthen our senior management team."

Professor Meghana Pandit has been Chief Medical Officer at UHCW since 2012 and Deputy Chief Executive since 2014, as well as Professor of Practice in the Institute of Digital Health at Warwick University since 2015.

She also has a prize MBA from Oxford Brookes University and is a Senior Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

As Chief Medical Officer at UHCW, she led the development of the Trust's clinical strategy and was part of the leadership team that developed a groundbreaking partnership between UHCW and the Virginia Mason Institute, a leading US health organisation, to support improvements in patient care and to create and sustain a 'lean' culture of continuous improvement.

This focus on quality and patient safety led to UHCW winning the Health Service Journal Patient Safety Team of the Year Award 2018.

Her clinical background is in obstetrics and gynaecology. She worked at the John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals in Oxford during her training and was a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, then Clinical Director, and finally Divisional Director at Milton Keynes NHS Foundation Trust before becoming Chief Medical Officer at UHCW.

Professor Pandit says: "I am delighted to be joining the team at OUH. I have very happy memories of my time in Oxford and I am really looking forward to using the skills and experience which I have gained during my career to date in my new role as Medical Director.

"The Trust has huge strengths as a centre for research and specialist treatment, as well as providing local hospital services for the people of Oxfordshire, and I am looking forward to working with you all to help meet the needs of the communities which we serve."

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