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New appointments at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
27 January 2011

The Trust is delighted to announce two new appointments.

Cherry West has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer and Gill Walton has been appointed as Head of Midwifery.

Prior to her appointment to the Trust, Gill was Director of Midwifery and General Manager for Women’s and Sexual Health in Oxford. She is also a member of the RCM council and is in her second term of office. Gill enjoys getting involved in national and local strategy development relating to maternity services, childbirth and women’s health. Gill is also involved in South Central Strategic Health Authority Maternity Programme and chairs the South Central Heads of Midwifery and Consultant Midwives Committee.

Gill said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Head of Midwifery at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. I am passionate about the difference midwives can make to women’s experience of childbirth and strongly believe in involving women and their partners in decisions about their care, normalising birth for all women and developing a midwifery team who are strong advocates for women in their care"

Cherry has worked in the NHS since 1981 and following a fulfilling and established clinical career spent time working in the field of academia and health services research. In 1999 she moved into operational management, and having worked and studied in several London organisations, then moved to Norfolk. In addition to studying at St Thomas', Cherry holds an MSc from University College London, as well as a postgraduate diploma, and MBA from Henley Management College.

Cherry joined the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as Service Manager in 2001. At that time she was also involved with the planning and relocation of clinical services across three sites to the new PFI hospital. For the past eight years, Cherry has worked as Divisional General Manager, initially managing all surgical areas and in her most recent post, acute and emergency medicine.

She supported the hospital in its successful application to become a foundation hospital and whilst in her last role led on a number of patient flow initiatives, and service redesign projects including the implementation of national priorities relating to stroke and heart attack services. Cherry said "These initiatives were focussed on improving clinical pathways and standards so that patients receive good quality care and improved outcomes".

Cherry joined Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in January and says "I am passionate about getting services right for our patients. I am very pleased to take on the role of Chief Operating Officer here in Portsmouth".