Dame Fiona Caldicott has been appointed chairman of Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals trust.

She has been acting chairman since November and a non-executive director at the trust since 2002.

Failed bid

The trust’s joint bid to become an academic health science centre with Oxford University and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre was rejected last week, but the group said they would continue working in partnership.

Clinical background

Dame Fiona is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who has been principal of Somerville College, Oxford, since 1996. She is pro-vice chancellor, personnel and equality, of Oxford University.

Dame Fiona chaired the 1996 NHS working party on patient confidentiality, which led to the appointment of Caldicott guardians in all trusts.

Leadership skills

South Central strategic health authority chairman Geoffrey Harris said: “I am delighted that such an eminent figure as Dame Fiona has been appointed to chair the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals.

“She is not only a clinician with high level leadership experience within the University of Oxford, but someone who has proved invaluable to the trust as a non-executive director and, more recently, as the acting chairman.

“Her contribution to the trust during a period of significant development and quality improvement has been substantial. I know that her very considerable leadership skills will take the trust even further forward as a provider of first class health services for patients and as a leading organisation within the national and international academic healthcare field.”