• NHSE/I regional medical director to take up role at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust
  • Will start at trust in July
  • Trust continues search for new chair after failing to find suitable candidate

NHS England’s medical director for the West Midlands has left to take up a role at a hospital trust. 

Kiran Patel has been appointed medical director at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust. Dr Patel is currently the medical director for NHS England and Improvement for the West Midlands and works as a cardiologist at University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust.

He will replace Meghana Pandit, who moved to Oxford University Hospitals FT to take up the medical director position there earlier this year.

Dr Patel has held various leadership roles nationally, through the NHS Leadership Academy, and in the West Midlands, including in Birmingham and Worcestershire. He will start at the trust in July.

Dr Patel said: “I am excited and delighted to take up this role at UHCW. The trust has a strong reputation for clinical excellence and is a brilliant environment for teaching and nurturing the talent of the future.

“I hope to build on the excellent relationships in place with Warwick Medical School and Coventry University for creating the very best healthcare professionals we can.”

Trust chief executive Andy Hardy said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to appoint someone with Kiran’s experience to build on the work we have already done to make improvements at the Trust both now and for the future.”

The trust is also back on the hunt for a new chair, after failing to find a suitable candidate in the first round of recruitment. Current chair Andy Meehan has agreed to stay on for a further six months until a replacement can be found.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire is a teaching trust with strong links to the region’s universities. It was rated “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission in August last year.