Sir David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free London, collected his knighthood from Buckingham Palace today and paid tribute to the NHS staff who had made the award possible.
Sir David, who has been chief executive of the Royal Free London for eight years, was announced in the New Year honours after dedicating his working life to the NHS. He received his knighthood from Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.
Sir David said: “It’s a huge honour to have been recognised in this way. It has been my privilege to work for the NHS alongside some of the most dedicated and committed staff who are delivering the very best care to patients.
“I am proud that at the Royal Free we continue to be at the forefront of everything which makes the NHS the best health service in the world.”
The son of two school teachers, Sir David was born in Cardiff in 1961, and entered the NHS national management training scheme in 1984. His first job was at the former London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green Road where he was deputy hospital administrator.
He has been a chief executive in north London for the last 16 years and helped RFL achieve foundation trust status in 2012.
After leading a successful acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals in 2014 – RFL was awarded a ‘good’ rating by the NHS regulators in 2016.
Sir David, 56, who lives in north London with his wife, Catherine, and 16-year-old daughter Jessie, has most recently been responsible for ensuring close collaboration between community, hospital and social care across north central London to improve services for patients. He is committed to coaching and mentoring aspiring leaders in the NHS across all disciplines.
Sir David Sloman fact file:
April 13, 1961: Born in Cardiff, Wales
September 1984: commences NHS national management training scheme
July 1986: appointed to his first NHS post - deputy hospital administrator at the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green Road
April 2001: takes up first chief executive position at Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust
November 2004: appointed chief executive of the Whittington Hospital
July 2009: appointed as chief executive of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust
2010: Royal Free Hampstead awarded Dr Foster ‘large trust of the year’ thanks to patient safety and infection control record and consistently low mortality rates
March 2012: Royal Free Hampstead obtains foundation trust status
2014: Leads a successful acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals to create the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (RFL)
August 2016: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rates RFL as ‘good’ for all of its three hospitals and across 21 core services inspected.
August 2016: RFL becomes one of only four high-performing foundation trusts to be accredited by NHS Improvement to lead groups or chains of NHS providers
September 2016: RFL is one of only 12 trusts selected to be a ‘global exemplar’ in health technology by the Department of Health, and the only trust in London.
Notes to editors
About the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.
The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver and kidney transplantation, haemophilia, renal care, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, Parkinson's disease, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.