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David Probert takes up position as Moorfields’ new chief executive

19 May 2016

David Probert has recently taken up his new role as Chief Executive for Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust of which Moorfields Private is a part. David is the former director of strategic development at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he has led the development of a number of major strategic initiatives including two major hospital developments on the UCLH site.

David’s previous roles include the chief operating officer at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, where he had board level responsibility for all clinical and non-clinical NHS and commercial services, both within the hospital and across the communities of Sutton and Merton. He has also held a number of senior operational leadership positions at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

David said: “I am honoured to begin my role as chief executive and to join the team at Moorfields. I am looking forward to progressing a number of major initiatives to help define the hospital’s exciting future.”

  • Moorfields is one of the world’s leading eye hospitals, providing expertise in clinical care, research and education. It has provided excellence in eye care for more than 200 years and continues to be at the forefront of new breakthroughs and developments. It is an integral part of one of the UK’s first academic health science centres, UCL Partners, and also one of the new academic health science networks. It was one of the first NHS organisations to achieve foundation trust status in 2004.
  • Moorfields treats the entire range of eye diseases, from common complaints to rare conditions which require treatments not available anywhere else in the UK. It deals with more than 470,000 patient attendances in 2013/14 across its locations in and around London, enabling the provision of expert care closer to patients’ homes.
  • Its specialist A&E dealt with almost 90,000 patient visits in the year 2013/14.
  • With its academic partners at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields is recognised as a leading centre of excellence in eye and vision research. Together, they form one of the largest ophthalmic research sites in the world, with the largest patient population in Europe or the USA. It publishes more specific papers than any other eye and vision research site, and has an extensive joint research portfolio.
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