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George Eliot Hospital appoints new Chairman

Prem Singh

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Prem Singh as its new Chairman.

Prem joins the Trust in addition to his position as Chairman of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and brings more than 27 years Board level experience at health and social care organisations. His appointment was approved by the NHS regulator, NHS Improvement and he starts at the George Eliot Hospital on 19 March.

On his appointment, Prem said: “I am excited by the opportunity to support the Chief Executive and her executive team in delivering high quality healthcare while responding to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

“Alongside my position in Derbyshire, my new responsibilities at George Eliot offer a great opportunity to share health and social care learning from both organisations. The experience of working in a new regional health and care system in North Warwickshire will bring great benefit to us all. I look forward to leading the Trust Board as the hospital continues to focus on delivering its key targets while also working closely with local health and social care partners.”

Chief Executive Kath Kelly added: ““We welcome Prem to the Trust as Chairman and are confident that his knowledge and leadership style will complement the culture we have at the Eliot and will strengthen our leadership team. This will ensure we continue to drive our strategy of providing high quality, safe integrated care to our local population. Prem brings a breadth of experience across both health and social care which will add tremendous value to the hospital.”

Further information

Prem Singh Biography

Prem is currently Chairman of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and MD of PMS Consulting Ltd.

As an experienced Chairman and previously a Chief Executive, he has extensive expertise in developing high performing Boards with clear strategic direction, robust governance and assurance frameworks for performance improvement and sustainability. With highly developed leadership and influencing skills, he is politically astute and renowned for harnessing whole system leadership. Delivery, performance and results orientated he has a proven track record of leading transformational change, developing and improving high quality and safe services.

With extensive networks and a national reputation, Prem is currently the Senior Independent Trustee of the NHS Confederation Board and member of the Chairs Advisory Partnership of 25 Chairs nationally hosted by the Chairman of NHS Improvement. He was previously appointed to take the lead on Inclusive Leadership on the National Leadership Council and named, in the inaugural HSJ listing, as a (Top 50) BME Pioneer.

Prem has significant experience in health and social care management, having served at Board level positions for over 27 years, including as a Chief Executive of several PCTs spanning 11 years. With a general and psychiatric nursing background, he having previously led community, mental health and learning disability services, including as an executive Director of Nursing and Quality.

He is a highly experienced leadership mentor and an ILM 7 qualified executive coach. Originally from Malaysia, he is very proud to have been part of the NHS’s journey over the last 42 years. 

About George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust provides a range of elective, non-elective, surgical, medical, women’s, children’s, diagnostic and therapeutic services to a population of more than 300,000 people. The hospital opened in 1948. The hub of the Trust is located on the outskirts of Nuneaton and its services cover a large footprint, including north Warwickshire, south west Leicestershire, and north Coventry.

The Trust also provides a range of community services, delivered across Coventry, Warwickshire and Leicestershire. These include sexual health and community dentistry services for the whole of Warwickshire, and tuberculosis services for Coventry and Warwickshire.

About NHS Improvement 

NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts, NHS trusts and independent providers. They offer the active support these frontline providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, they help the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.


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