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NHS Grampian appoints Professor Caroline Hiscox as new chief executive


By Chris Saunderson

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NHS Grampian has unveiled a new chief executive.

Professor Caroline Hiscox is currently executive nurse director with the board.

The new chief executive of NHS Grampian, Professor Caroline Hiscox.
The new chief executive of NHS Grampian, Professor Caroline Hiscox.

She will succeed present chief executive Professor Amanda Croft when she retires at the end of October.

NHS Grampian Chairwoman Professor Lynda Lynch said: “Professor Hiscox has made a significant contribution to the leadership of NHS Grampian since joining as a director in 2015.

"Throughout this period Caroline has worked closely with our current chief executive and become an established and well-respected member of the leadership team.

"She has a proven track record for delivering patient-focussed improvement, as well as a considered and compassionate approach that has been indispensable throughout our response to the threat of Covid-19.

“I am delighted that Caroline will now lead the organisation as chief executive, building on the positive legacy Professor Croft will leave on her planned retirement and guiding the remobilisation of our services with a renewed focus on quality of care.”

Professor Hiscox with Amanda Croft who retires next month.
Professor Hiscox with Amanda Croft who retires next month.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman commented: “Professor Caroline Hiscox has extensive experience within the NHS and beyond which will prove invaluable as she takes up the position.

“Her role as executive nurse director with the board saw Professor Hiscox take executive leadership responsibility for acute and tertiary services and the refreshed Dr Gray’s/Moray transformation programme.

"She also proved her leadership skills in providing professional leadership for over 7000 nurses, midwives and allied health professionals across NHS Grampian and its three linked health and social care partnerships.

“She builds on 30 years’ experience in corporate and public sector clinical and managerial roles and I expect her and her team to ensure the continued delivery of the high standards in healthcare which the people of Grampian have rightly come to expect.”

Prof Hiscox will formally take up the role on November 20.

She was awarded a PhD in 2019 following extensive research into the behavioural aspects of professional accountability in the nursing workforce and holds an honorary chair at the University of Stirling as well being a visiting chair at Robert Gordon University.

Prof Hiscox has also been responsible for ground-breaking international recruitment work for NHS Grampian, which attracted 100 Australian based nurses to north east Scotland and led to an advisory role for NHS Scotland at the request of the chief nursing officer.



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