Knighthood for chief executive of Royal Free London hospital

By Priya Kingsley-Adam in Local People

CHIEF EXECUTIVE David Sloman of the Royal Free London hospital has been honoured with a knighthood.

Mr Sloman was knighted for services to the NHS, by Prince William the Duke of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace yesterday (Wednesday 19).

The 56-year-old was appointed chief executive in 2009 and helped the Royal Free become a foundation trust three years later.

In 2014, Chase Farm hospital, in The Ridgeway, Enfield, and Barnet hospital, in Wellhouse Lane, both joined the trust.

Last year the trust received a ‘good’ rating by healthcare watchdog the Care Quality Commission.

“It’s a huge honour to have been recognised in this way,” he said.

“It has been my privilege to work for the NHS alongside some of the most dedicated and committed staff who are delivering the very best care to patients."

In a career spanning 32 years working in various NHS roles, Mr Sloman has been chief executive of Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust, Whittington hospital and the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust.

His first job was in 1986 as the deputy hospital administrator at London Chest hospital, in Bethnal Green.

Mr Sloman’s most recent projects have included bringing together communities, hospitals and social care across north London to improve patient services.

He is also committed to mentoring and coaching aspiring leaders across the trust.

“I am proud that at the Royal Free we continue to be at the forefront of everything which makes the NHS the best health service in the world,” added Mr Sloman.

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