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New medical director appointed to Nottingham University Hospitals

A new medical director has been appointed to Nottingham University Hospitals.

Outgoing medical director Keith Girling, who has been in the role since 2017, will leave in the summer.

Watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) now rates NUH, which runs the Queen’s Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital as ‘requires improvement’.

Dr Manjeet Shehmar. Credit: LDRS
Dr Manjeet Shehmar. Credit: LDRS

New medical director Dr Manjeet Shehmar will start in the new role from July 1, 2024, and is currently the chief medical officer at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

Dr Shehmar is a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Prior to joining Walsall Healthcare Trust in 2019 as deputy medical director, Dr Shehmar worked at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust where she was clinical director for gynaecology, theatres and fertility.

Chief executive Anthony May said at a board meeting on March 14: “I can today announce we have appointed Manjeet Shehmar to be our new medical director.

“We announced that to staff in the trust this morning and we will make sure we give this information to the media today as well.

“Earlier this week we interviewed for a new chief people officer. We were successful in making an appointment.

“Having made those appointments that gives us a full executive team at the trust for the first time in some time.”

Dr Shehmar was an executive member of the Association of Early Pregnancy Units UK and was involved in setting up the Tommy’s Miscarriage Research Centre at Birmingham.

She will continue to work clinically as a consultant at NUH alongside her role as medical director.

Dr Shehmar said: “Everyone was so friendly and welcoming at NUH and I am excited to be part of a clinically led organisation with highly accomplished and dedicated staff. I am honoured and look forward to working with the team towards a caring and ambitious future for our patients.”

It was also the last board meeting for chief nurse Michelle Rhodes, who has been replaced in the role by Tracy Pilcher.

Also stepping down from the board is associate non-executive director Helen Diksa, Alison Wynne, director of strategy and transformation, and Steve Thomas, non-executive director.

Donna Ockenden is currently undertaking what is thought to be the largest review of maternity services in NHS history at the trust following a series of failings.

Nottinghamshire police is also undertaking its own investigation into maternity services, Operation Perth, which is due to start in spring.

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