The newly appointed Chair of the largest Women's hospital in Europe believes the NHS trust has the potential for even greater international success.
Edna Robinson, the new Chair of Liverpool Women's Hospital, has spoken of her excitement at the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Ms Robinson said: "The challenges that face the NHS are well documented. I appreciate that there will undoubtedly be tricky times ahead however Liverpool Women's is already having an international impact on women's health. The Trust's reproductive medicine unit, The Hewitt Fertility Centre, has been a pioneer in the provision of IVF treatment for the last couple of years. The unit is expanding all the time and has already opened a satellite clinic in Knutsford, Manchester, to make services even more accessible. It is also in advanced talks to open up further clinics across the UK and the Middle East. The Trust opened the Centre for Women’s Health Research and the Centre For Better Births last year, in partnership with The University of Liverpool. Both will continue to advance the treatment of women and their babies in the UK and across the world."
Ms Robinson was Chief Executive at Salford Primary Care Trust and at Trafford Healthcare Trust. She also worked with Virgin Health Market Readiness Board in 2005 and latterly advised NHS England in the implementation of clinical commissioning. She has been Chair of the Big Life Group since 2007 and of Trafford Housing Trust since 2013.
Ms Robinson, whose tenure began officially on 1st September, continued: "Patients are now more aware than they have ever been about the service options available to them and are more confident in what they can demand from service providers. This is a trend that should be encouraged and I am confident that Liverpool Women's can continue to thrive in this climate. I'm really looking forward to putting the experiences I gained in my various roles to use at Liverpool Women’s."
Julie McMorran, Trust Secretary at Liverpool Women's, said: "Edna is a very experienced NHS leader. She began her career as a nurse and midwife progressing into leadership roles in commissioning, community and acute environments. This means Edna has experience of working on the front line within the NHS, and has insights into what patients want from the NHS. We’re really excited about the future of Liverpool Women's with Edna at the helm."