University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS FT chief executive to step down

The Chief Executive of University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust has announced he will step down from the role.

Robert Wooley has spent 30 years in the NHS and will formally leave the trust in March 2022, after extending his retirement to help manage the trust throughout the pandemic. The trust is expected to start recruiting for a replacement soon.

Jayne Mee, UHBW interim chair, said: “Over his 11 years as chief executive, Robert has shown tireless dedication to engaging staff and supporting them to deliver the best possible care to patients. His passion for improvement and his strategic insight, always delivered in a calm and measured way, together with his commitment to system leadership, mean he is highly esteemed inside and outside the Trust and has delivered demonstrable benefits for patients.”

Before moving to the trust, Robert Wooley spent nine years at Barts Health NHS Trust in London and was appointed Chief Executive of University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust in 2010.

Robert Wooley, Chief Executive at the Trust said: “It has been the privilege of my life to serve such fantastic, committed and caring people and I am inordinately proud of all of your achievements – including but not limited to the redevelopment of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and the Children’s Hospital, being only the third general acute Trust in England to be rated Outstanding twice by the CQC, seeing Bristol Health Partners become an Academic Health Science Centre and completing our merger between Bristol and Weston last year.

“Above all, I have been humbled by the professionalism, teamwork and resilience I have seen from all of you in responding to the pandemic and which I continue to see every day.”

Most recently the Trust was rated by the Care Quality Commission as “outstanding.”