North West London’s four acute trusts appoint Matthew Swindell as Joint Chair

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust has appointed former Chief Information Officer for England, Matthew Swindells, as Joint Chair.

The trusts said the appointment is part of plans to strengthen collaboration as the partnership moves towards becoming a formal acute care collaborative in line with NHS policy.

Mr Swindells, who currently works as an independent consultant, has served the NHS for over 30 years and will begin his new role from the 1st of April 2022.

On the news of his appointment being announced, Mr Swindells said: “I am delighted to take up this role, particularly as someone who lives and uses health services in North West London. The scale of opportunity we have, to improve health by working together is huge – we already have brilliant staff and teams, strong local leadership and high-quality research.

“Combined with the successful collaboration we have seen to date, these are the pillars we need to develop our health system in north west London to be one of the most outstanding health systems globally.

“I look forward to returning to the NHS to work closely with colleagues across the patch, who I know share my passion for working with local communities to achieve the best possible health and care for everyone.”

Chris Brown, Chief Executive of London North West University Healthcare, added: “Matthew’s appointment represents an extremely important milestone in our journey to become an acute care collaborative. Like the rest of the NHS, North West London faces some very significant challenges as we emerge from the pandemic but we also have much on which to build, including some of the best care, research and people in healthcare.”

“He will be a real asset in making the most of all of that potential and ensuring we learn from one another to ensure that the very best becomes the norm.”