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NHS Grampian appoints new chief executive

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THE woman who has been leading Grampian's health authority on an interim basis has been named as chief executive.

Professor Amanda Croft, who started her health career as a nurse, was appointed to the role at NHS Grampian on Friday.

She said: "NHS Grampian is a great organisation with first class staff.

"It has been an honour to take on the leadership role for the last year and I am excited and proud to be able to continue that work.

"We are fortunate in the north east to enjoy excellent relationships across health and social care and with the wider public sector and the third sector.

"The people of Grampian – patients, staff and the public – are at the heart of everything we do and I am very proud to have the opportunity to lead such an innovative and vibrant organisation."

The health authority's chair, Dr Lynda Lynch, said the new chief executive would provide the "stable, high quality leadership the organisation requires to continue to thrive".

NHS Grampian chief executive Amanda Croft.
NHS Grampian chief executive Amanda Croft.

Amanda qualified as a registered nurse in 1992 at Sheffield and North Trent School of Nursing.

She moved to Scotland and NHS Grampian in 2000 and has worked in both professional leadership and general management roles.

She was appointed as a visiting professor at Robert Gordon University in August 2016.

Prior to taking on the role of interim chief executive she was director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professions.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: "I am pleased that NHS Grampian now has the additional stability of a permanent CEO.

"Professor Croft has built important relationships during her time as interim leader in this post and I look forward to continuing to work with her as she leads the board to deliver the quality, person centred and safe health care that I and the people of Grampian expect."

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