Dr George Findlay

George Findlay

Chief Executive

Dr George Findlay was appointed Chief Executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust in May 2021.

He was previously Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Medical Officer at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, the trust formed following the merger of Western Sussex Hospitals with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.

During his seven years at Western Sussex George contributed to the Trust becoming the first non-specialist acute trust in the country to be rated ‘Outstanding’ in all the key inspection areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission. He was also part of the leadership team at Brighton during the period when the Trust exited special measures and climbed three inspection ratings to Outstanding for Caring and Good overall.

A specialist intensive care consultant, George is an experienced clinical leader at national and regional level, and a Fellow of the Health Foundation’s GenerationQ leadership develop and quality improvement programme.

Between 2008 and 2014 he was clinical advisor to the Welsh Government on organ donation and transplantation, drafting and consulting on new legislation which culminated in the historic introduction of ‘presumed consent’ in Wales in 2015.

Between 2004 and 2014 he also led the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death, an enquiry to identify and make recommendations to improve remedial factors in healthcare,  and  produced more than 20 national publications that have shaped standards and policy during that time.

George trained as a medical student at Dundee University and joined the NHS after a short-service commission as a medical officer in the RAF.

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