Public Lecture 4 September 2014

Challenges of providing hospital care today


SPEAKER: James Scott
Chief Executive, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust


Originally a history graduate, James joined the NHS 30 years ago. He worked in London for 16 years in a number of University hospitals such as St Mary’s Hospital, the Hammersmith Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital prior to becoming Deputy CEO in Chase Farm Hospital in North London.

In 1999 he moved to South West England to become CEO at Yeovil Hospital and following a period of successful turnaround, led the hospital to become one of the first NHS Foundation Hospitals in 2005. The hospital was also recognised for having some of the best patient waiting times in the country.

James joined the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust in 2007 and has further developed the focus on quality improvement and patient safety. The hospital is currently planning to become an NHS Foundation Trust.

In addition, James is also Vice Chairman of the West of England Academic Health Science Network, which brings together NHS organisations, the Universities of Bath, Bristol and the West of England and industry partners to drive the identification, adoption and spread of innovation within the NHS.