Health change at the top

NHS Forth Valley's new medical director Tracey Gillies
NHS Forth Valley's new medical director Tracey Gillies

NHS Forth Valley looked to a neighbouring area to find the perfect candidate to help it deliver person-centred care for the 21st century.

Tracey Gillies is currently the medical director of acute services at NHS Lothian. But in October she will take up her new role as medical director of NHS Forth Valley.

She said: “I’m thrilled to be coming to NHS Forth Valley and look forward to working with all the staff to enhance the delivery of patient care as we move forward with integration between health and our local authority partners.”

The new director will be working alongside NHS Forth Valley’s Board of Directors, which has an annual budget of around £500 million to allow it to deliver health services for the area and improve the health and wellbeing of the local population.

The highly-experienced health professional joined the NHS in Bristol in 1989 and moved to Scotland in 1994 to take up the post of Research Fellow in Vascular Surgery at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Appointed a consultant in general surgery in 2004, she has since held several senior managerial posts within NHS Lothian, including clinical director for surgery, associate divisional medical director for surgical services and a secondment as divisional medical director.

She has also chaired the regional cancer planning group and been involved in the development of an innovative electronic patient management system that delivers benefits to both patients and clinicians.

Another initiative she put in place at NHS Lothian was the formation of a dedicated space to see surgical referrals and admissions, which helped relieve pressure on the emergency department.

NHS Forth Valley Chief Executive Jane Grant said: “I am delighted that Tracey has accepted the post of Medical Director. She has an outstanding record in health service delivery and is committed to ensuring the delivery of safe, effective, person-centred care.

“Tracey believes the needs of the patient are paramount in any service redesign and I look forward to working with her to build on the many successes she has achieved during her career.”