WORKFORCE: Neil Griffiths has returned to University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust as deputy chief executive after leaving for a stint at management consultancy McKinsey.

Mr Griffiths previously worked at the trust between 2003 and 2008.

He replaces Mike Foster who had been deputy chief executive at UCLH since 2007. Mr Foster retired from his full-time role to spend more time with his family but will be staying at UCLH on a part time basis as director of commissioning.

Mr Griffiths re-joins UCLH from his position as a senior expert in the healthcare team at McKinsey.

He previously worked in a number of hospital operational and strategic roles over 18 years before joining McKinsey. 

He said: “I am delighted to be returning to UCLH as deputy chief executive. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead as foundation trusts like UCLH look to maintain and enhance their services against a backdrop of significantly reduced funding.
“UCLH has a strong reputation for delivering top quality patient care and my role will be to focus on developing services that are more efficient but at the same time more accessible and responsive to patients’ needs.”
Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said: “Neil brings with him a solid NHS background and commercial experience most recently, with McKinsey, working with acute trusts on improvement and transformational change.  He will be a valuable member of the executive board.”

He added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike for the fantastic work he has done during his time as deputy chief executive. Mike has a long association with UCLH – he was our finance director before becoming deputy chief executive in 2007 - and I am delighted he has agreed to continue with us in a part-time role.”