Before coming to Benenden in 2003 I had mainly worked in renal care. My first sister’s post was at Guy’s Hospital and this gave me the opportunity to rotate through all clinical areas, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
I then moved to St George’s Hospital, Tooting as a sister on a medical/dermatology ward which had a small haemodialysis unit. Following a review of renal services across London, the hospital was asked to progress the development of a renal unit and I was able to actively participate in this process and saw the unit go from strength to strength.
In 1997 I moved to a neighbouring renal unit at St Helier’s Hospital, Charshalton, working as the Clinical Nurse Manager. During this time I reviewed and reorganised the nursing structure and worked to develop a partnership with St George’s Hospital.
In 2001, I was asked to become Clinical Manager for the Emergency and Medical Services Directorate across the merged Trust of Epson and St Helier. This included twenty medical and care of the elderly wards, two accident and emergency departments and two day hospitals. This was a challenging role, not least because it was on two sites but the Trust was performing badly and this directorate was the key to making improvements. My target was to do this for two years and then move to Kent. This I did and the rest is history.
My role has changed significantly during the last two years and now combines operational and strategic development.
On a personal level I am married with two daughters. My hobbies tend to be centred, like most other working mothers, around the interests of my children however I also enjoy walking and other country and family pursuits.
Originally from the Midlands, after leaving school I attended Medical school at Kings College Hospital, London. Upon qualification I started my medical career as both a house physician and house surgeon followed by an SHO post in Accident and Emergency at Kings.
I then trained in general medicine for 2 years on the Kings scheme completing my MRCP examination. I then decided to train as a Radiologist with interest in interventional radiology. My radiology training was also undertaken at Kings and associated hospitals, towards the end of which I was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Hershey Medical Centre, Pennsylvania, the medical school of Penn State University.
After 12 months in the USA I decided to return to the UK where I took up the post of Consultant Radiologist at the recently built Conquest Hospital in Hastings where I have remained for the past 24 years. My main clinical interests are cardiovascular and interventional radiology but in recent years I have also been active in the field of screening and preventative medicine.
As a consultant I have been very involved in NHS management as both Clinical Director of Radiology and deputy Medical Director. I became interested in the role of radiology in preventative medicine was co-founder of Lifescan, a company providing personal, CT based, health assessment services directly to the Public. Lifescan was acquired by Spire Healthcare and I continue to provide them with clinical advisory services from the Spire, Tunbridge Wells hospital head office .
I am lead of the Radiology group from Hastings who have been providing imaging services to Benenden for the past 6 years and continue to practice in the NHS as a Consultant Radiologist at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings.
Away from work I have a number of sporting interests but having given up rugby and squash and now concentrate on tennis and cycling.
A Physiotherapist by background for the last twenty years my main interest has been in helping people and in working with others to help patients and families get the best from life. This ethos, along with listening and striving for the best communication would be key to most of my approach to life.
A brief canter through my working life: I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990 from the Queen’s College, Glasgow and immediately rocketed down to the garden of England (warmer and less rainy than the West side of Scotland) and started my junior rotations through Pembury, Kent and Sussex and The Queen Victoria Hospital.
My interests mainly lay where there was longer term contact with patients on the wards – neuro, care of the elderly and paediatrics. Over time paediatrics was where I developed a special interest and I started in Newham in my first Paediatric job in 1992.
A brief spell working in Johannesburg Hospital seemed to satisfy my need to travel and in 1997 I moved to Greenwich and worked there until starting here in Benenden. During my time in Greenwich I worked closely with the team to redesign the Children’s Physiotherapy Service improving access and bringing services closer to home for children and families. In addition I assisted services within Greenwich PCT in service redesign and worked with others in developing a specialist multiagency service for children under 5 years. In 2003 I became an associate of The Access Partnership (an organisation affiliated to the NHS and working on improving access and service redesign) and in 2004 I joined the Professional Executive Committee (provides assurance to the Board on clinical matters and leads on clinical engagement) of the PCT working one day a week and was appointed Chair of this committee in January 2010.
Balancing clinical work and management, commissioning and providing has been very enjoyable over the last 13 years and I am thrilled to have joined Benenden to again work with others and learn from their expertise in delivering high quality patient care and horizon scanning in developing our services.
At home we have a zoo of pets which with the three children keeps me busy and I love going for long walks with the family, dog in tow. I enjoy keeping active and am also a qualified Pilates instructor.
I qualified as a nurse at Bart’s Hospital London in 1985 and enjoyed a successful career as a nurse at Benenden Hospital, beginning as an Enrolled Nurse leading up-to Head of Clinical Services. In addition to clinical training and up-dates as a nurse, I successfully completed a Master’s in Business Administration in 2007.
My experiences have included the ability to lead a number of major projects for the organisation over the past few years many of which had a commercial focus and included, the introduction of the new activity based payment model with Benenden Health and the tender and selection process to seek new providers of our surgical and anaesthetic services.
Effective use of the skills learnt over many years and an analytical approach played a part in the move to Corporate Services as Head of Business Development in 2011. In my current role as Director of Business Development and Performance my main focus is on growth, including new business opportunities as well as maximising the performance of existing services.
My current role, also involves supporting the executive team in determining its strategic goals, translating these into objectives and monitoring the financial, quality and activity performance of the organisation.
Gordon Boyd is Benenden Hospital’s finance director, having joined the organisation at the beginning of October 2014. Gordon is not new to the Benenden group however, having worked at Benenden for the two years previous to that as the interim head of finance.
Prior to joining Benenden Gordon successfully ran his own consultancy business for 10 years delivering finance transformation to clients across a range of sectors. He spent 13 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the financial management group progressing from consultant to director. He is a qualified accountant (FCMA) with many years of experience in all aspects of finance.
Responsible to the Board of Governors and Committee of Management for the successful delivery of the £45 million redevelopment of the hospital campus. My background is in construction and I qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building in 1991.
In my previous career in the NHS spanning 38 years I was responsible as the Board level director for the new PFI hospital at Pembury which opened in 2012 and prior to that the Princess Royal University Hospital at Farnborough in Kent which opened in 2003.