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Community NHS trust appoints interim chief executive

Patricia Wright, interim chief executive of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Thursday 15 October 2015

Patricia Wright has been appointed as the interim chief executive of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

Patricia is a senior healthcare specialist with 34 years’ experience in healthcare. She began her career as a pharmacist and has worked at board level for the last 14 years – with extensive experience in the acute sector, primary care and within a large health authority in both professional and general management roles. 

Patricia’s most recent role was as chief executive of The Royal College of Physicians. Previous roles include chief executive of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust in Norfolk, and chief executive of NHS Kensington and Chelsea. 

Announcing the appointment, chairman Stephen Swords said: 

“I am delighted to appoint a candidate of Patricia’s calibre as our interim chief executive.  Patricia has a wealth of experience and expertise at the highest level, which will prove an invaluable asset at this important time for the trust.  We look forward to working with Patricia in further developing community health services across the boroughs of Hounslow and Richmond.” 

Patricia Wright said:  

“As a long serving and committed NHS professional, I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to take the helm at this community health trust. 

“Community healthcare and out-of-hospital services present the opportunity to deliver better care for patients, closer to where they live – and I look forward to the challenge ahead in building on the excellent work and services that the trust provides for the local community.” 

Patricia takes over the role as interim chief executive from Monday 19 October – and replaces Frank Sims, who joins Colchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.