Herts health boss steps down after 40 years' work with the NHS
Health boss Deborah Fielding, chief executive officer lead for the Hertfordshire and west Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, has announced her retirement after 40 years of NHS service.
Deborah took over as the STP’s first full-time lead officer in January 2018. She will stand down at the end of April as part of her planned retirement and a successor for her post will be sought.
She said: “It has been a delight to conclude my 40 years’ NHS service working with organisations across Hertfordshire and west Essex to improve the health and care of our 1.5 million population."
Formerly chief executive of West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, Deborah started her career as a nurse at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and worked as a midwife and health visitor before moving into a career in health service management 25 years ago. She was appointed as a board trustee at St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood, Harlow, in December last year.
Deborah added: “I have enjoyed my career in the NHS immensely, my passion has always been delivering integrated care, personalised around patients particularly those with complex needs."
Paul Burstow, independent chair for Hertfordshire and west Essex STP, said: “Deborah’s leadership has seen the partnership go from strength to strength. Thanks to her determination, staff from the area’s many health and care organisations are now working together to tackle the big health and care issues that challenge us all. The whole partnership wishes Deborah a happy and healthy retirement.”