THE chief executive of Harrow and Brent’s NHS hospitals has stepped down after almost five years in post.
Fiona Wise departed The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Northwick Park Hospital and St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow, and Central Middlesex Hospital in Park Royal, on Monday.
The trust said Ms Wise, who joined the organisation in April 2007 having been chief executive at Ealing Hospital, has undergone major medical treatment over the last nine months and although she has recovered, the episode prompted her to rethink her future priorities.
Ms Wise said: “I am relatively close to retirement, after more than 38 years in the NHS, and feel this is the right time to step down.
“As the organisation moves forward with plans to merge with Ealing Hospital, I feel it is important to have a new leader who is able to commit to five years at the
helm, something I do not wish to do at present. The trust is safe in the hands of interim chief executive Peter Coles.”
Ms Wise says she intends to pursue opportunities elsewhere in the NHS and the public sector.
Ms Wise leaves as the trust and Ealing Hospital Trust work together towards a potential merger that could see Central Middlesex host elective operations and outpatient services and keep its urgent care centre. It could also see the transfer of all A&E cases, obstetrics, in-patient paediatric and emergency treatment to Northwick Park.
Trust chairman Tony Caplin said: “Fiona will be greatly missed. Having known Fiona for almost a decade, I know this decision would not have been taken lightly, but it is one I respect and understand. We have a lot to be proud of at this Trust and this is a reflection of Fiona’s leadership over the last five years. Our job now is to build on this as we move forward and develop plans to merge with Ealing Hospital NHS Trust.”
David McVittie, who left his post as chief executive of Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the end of February, was appointed transactions director of the proposed merger on Monday, to see the amalgamation through to completion.