New leaders at Ipswich Hospital

NEW leaders are in place at Ipswich Hospital with the appointment of Christine Smart as chairman and Paul Forden as the new chief executive.Ms Smart has been deputy chairman for the past three years and its acting chairman since late May.

NEW leaders are in place at Ipswich Hospital with the appointment of Christine Smart as chairman and Paul Forden as the new chief executive.

Ms Smart has been deputy chairman for the past three years and its acting chairman since late May.

An academic and organisational development specialist, She has worked as a senior manager within the health service and as a Chartermark Assessor for the Cabinet Office.

She set up her own management consultancy in 1997.

The hospital's new chief executive is Paul Forden.

He has recently spent six months as acting chief executive of King's College Hospital, London. He began his NHS career at Ipswich Hospital in 1993 as deputy director of finance.

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Two years later, Mr Forden joined Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and became director of operations in 1998.

In 2000 he joined Kings College Hospital, London – a 1,000-bed hospital with an international reputation for excellence – as director of finance and information. Mr Forden will join at the end of September.

" I am delighted to be coming back to the hospital trust and want Ipswich to be the hospital of choice for patients, and the hospital of choice for staff. It is very progressive with many strengths including clinical excellence and tremendous commitment to patient care," said 41-year-old Mr Forden who is married with three children.

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