London North West Healthcare NHS Trust announces new Chief Executive

Dame Jacqueline Docherty
Dame Jacqueline Docherty

Dame Jacqueline Docherty has been confirmed as the new Chief Executive of London North West Healthcare NHS Trust. She will take up her post at the start of April 2015.

Jacqueline will join the Trust from West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, where she has been Chief Executive for the last five years. Her appointment follows a rigorous selection process that attracted a very strong field. Local and NHS stakeholders participated enthusiastically in that selection process. 

Jacqueline is a qualified nurse and in 2004 she was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to nursing and the NHS.

Her impressive performance in leadership roles at two major London Trusts helped deliver strong operational performance, with financial stability, at both West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

Chairman for London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, Peter Worthington, said: “I am delighted that Jacqueline will be joining the Board next year. She has demonstrated real dedication to challenging and improving healthcare standards and patient safety, whilst strengthening the clinical and executive leadership and operational management of the acute trusts in which she has worked.

Our recent merger has created one the largest NHS integrated care organisations in London. We have in excess of 8,000 staff working across three acute sites (Northwick Park/St Mark's, Ealing and Central Middlesex hospitals), three community hospitals and 28 community healthcare sites. Whilst there are many challenges ahead, there are also considerable opportunities to improve delivery of healthcare for our patients.

Jacqueline’s leadership and extensive experience will be invaluable as we continue to integrate, improve operational performance and grow our new organisation towards foundation trust status in the medium term.”

Jacqueline’s appointment follows the announcement, in September 2014, that the current Chief Executive Officer, David McVittie, would be leaving at the end of this financial year after three years in post and delivery of the merger between Ealing Hospital and North West London Hospitals NHS Trusts.