QE appoints new non executive director

Posted on Tue, 13/11/2012

A CHARTERED accountant has been encouraged to lend her skills to the local health service following her own experiences with her son.

Kathryn Larkin-Bramley’s son was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of six and the experience of caring for him back to full health encouraged her to get involved.

Now Mrs Larkin-Bramley has been appointed as a new non executive director for Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust. She takes up the role as chair of the important Audit Committee, which scrutinises the organisation’s financial health.

Her new role follows nine years in a similar role at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and other roles at Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust and Durham Police Authority.

She said: “I am really pleased to be able to bring my skills and experiences to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. I have a real interest in healthcare based on my experiences as a carer. This is a challenging time for the NHS as a whole and Gateshead is no different. The community here has very specific health needs and issues and we must ensure we can sustain the high quality service already on offer here.

“My first impressions are of a hospital which offers high quality care for its patients and is extremely caring of staff as well as patients. I am looking forward to getting to know the people well.”

Julia Hickey, Chairman of the Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome Kathryn to our Board as she has a wealth of experience and a very clear commitment to our aim of delivering excellent healthcare to our patients.”

Mrs Larkin-Bramley has been appointed until June 2015.

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