Business lawyer joins Board of Leeds Teaching Hospitals
3 January 2014
The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has confirmed the appointment of Allison Page as a new Non-executive Director of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Allison is a partner at DLA Piper LLP, one of the world’s largest specialist business law firms. She is based in their Leeds office where she specialises in advising on public-private partnerships and has a background in working closely with public sector contractors and banks on major infrastructure transactions in sectors as diverse as highway maintenance, energy and waste management.
Commenting on her new role Allison said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to serve on the Board of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust at a time when the NHS is facing greater challenges than it has at any time in its history.
“I am looking forward to working with the rest of the Board to devise a strategy so the Executive is in a position to ensure the Trust meets those challenges head on and continues to deliver continuous improvements in patient care.”
Linda Pollard CBE, Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted that Allison is joining the Trust Board and bringing with her a wealth of knowledge about commercial partnership and the law. This will be extremely valuable as we increasingly look at expanding the horizons of the Trust and developing new sources of income in this country and overseas.
“Allison also brings valuable hands-on experience of working with large public sector bodies over a number of years to deliver high profile projects and new ways of working which fits very well with our ambitions to be one of the very top NHS trusts in the UK.”
Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts made by the NHS TDA are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
Allison Page has been appointed from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2017 and is entitled to receive a remuneration of £6,157 per annum.
Notes for Editors
1 . An independent organisation, the NHS TDA will work closely with other important national bodies such as the NHS Commissioning Board, the Care Quality Commission and Monitor, to help to ensure they play an important role in providing broader health system leadership to deliver sustainable, high quality care.
2. The NHS TDA brings together a number of functions previously carried out within the Department of Health, Strategic Health Authorities and by the Appointments Commission. It has the core objective of supporting NHS trusts and ensuring that services to patients are of the highest possible quality, including:
• assurance of clinical quality, governance and risk in NHS trusts;
• appointments to NHS trusts e.g. of chairs and non-executive members and trustees for NHS charities where the Secretary of State has a power to appoint
• performance management of NHS trusts;
• management of the FT pipeline.
3. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS rust is one of the largest such bodies in the UK, with a budget of over £1 billion. It sees nearly1.5 million patients a year and employs 15,000 staff across six sites and offers many highly specialised hospital services including organ transplantation, heart surgery, major trauma, neurosurgery, cancer services and specialist children’s services.