The managing director of UCLPartners is retiring next week.

Professor Sir David Fish is leaving the academic health science partnership he has led since 2009.

The distinguised neurologist has held many senior medical management roles and was previously medical director of University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust’s specialist hospitals.

UCLPartners chair Professor Lord Ajay Kakkar said: “David has made a remarkable contribution to healthcare in the UK during his impressive career. As founding managing director of our partnership, David has ensured the creation of a sustainable and dynamic organisation, which will continue to meet the needs of patients and populations that we have the privilege to serve.

“On behalf of the board, the partnership and staff I would like to thank David for his relentless dedication and commitment which has impacted the lives of so many patients.”

Sir David said in a statement: “I feel immensely privileged to have spent the last seven years at UCLPartners. I joined in 2009 with the belief that working in partnership across traditional boundaries was key to improving both science into practice and the delivery of health and care for patients and populations, and this has been our core focus ever since. The people I have worked with at every level on this journey have been a constant inspiration to me, and it is terrific to see the real difference they are making to the health and care system.”