A local hospital trust leader has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Wolverhampton for his contribution to healthcare in the region.
David Loughton CBE, Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, has been awarded a Doctor of Health and Wellbeing in recognition of his long standing career in healthcare.
David is the longest-serving Chief Executive in the NHS and has gained a national and international reputation for improving patient safety and experience.
His first Chief Executive appointment was at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust in 1986. He was appointed Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in 2004 and has since led the organisation from being one of the most financially challenged in the NHS to being financially sound.
The Trust hosts the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the largest Clinical Research Network in the UK which currently ranks number one out of 15 networks for performance. The Trust has also incorporated the most advanced system in the world for tracking staff and patients (RFID) which has improved quality and efficiency.
David said: “It is a pleasure and an honour to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton.
“I have got to where I am today by sheer hard work and always seizing opportunities. A key driver for me as a Chief Executive is to improve patient satisfaction and outcomes for our patients. Never lose sight that all we do is to benefit the people we serve.
“I would like to congratulate all of the students on being awarded their degrees today. I believe they have chosen one of the most satisfying and rewarding careers that makes such a difference to the society we live in.”
Honorary awards are presented by the University of Wolverhampton to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise.
The University’s Spring Graduation ceremonies take place at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, on Wednesday 17th April and Thursday 18th April 2019.
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