NHS chief to oversee £3.7bn hospital building programme

Grant Prior 2 years ago
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Natalie Forrest has been appointed by the government to oversee its £3.7bn construction programme to build 40 new hospitals by 2030.

Forrest has worked in the NHS for over 30 years and is a registered nurse.

She was recently part of the management team at the NHS Nightingale alongside her role as Chase Farm Hospital’s Chief Executive in North London.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I’m delighted to appoint Natalie into this role.

“She not only brings unrivalled experience in health management and nursing, but also the construction and project management knowledge that helped turn the Excel conference centre into a Nightingale Hospital in just nine days, as well as overseeing the rebuild of Chase Farm Hospital at pace.

“The New Hospital Programme – as part of our Health Infrastructure Plan – will transform the delivery of NHS healthcare infrastructure to build back better and will ensure our country has world-class healthcare facilities right across the country for decades to come.”

Senior Responsible Officer of the New Hospital Programme Natalie Forrest said: “I am determined to build trust in our national capability in planning and delivering hospitals, not just with health and construction stakeholders but with the staff and patients who will benefit from them on a daily basis.

“My goal will be to deliver these new hospitals cost-effectively and at speed, and to foster an ecosystem that owns, learns from and improves healthcare design.”

Starting this month, she will oversee a delivery board across the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and Improvement, which will work closely with a network of NHS trusts.

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