Spencer Hospitals recruiting new chief executive

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Compiled by Philip Housden

Spencer Hospitals recruiting new chief executive

An opportunity has opened for one of the biggest private patient leadership roles outside London now that the longstanding Spencer Private Hospitals’ (SPH) chief executive Di Daw has announced her retirement for later this year. 

Spencer Private Hospitals (SPH) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) which bought Spencer’s parent company shares in 2008.

It sold them in 2009 after achieving foundation status, then repurchased them in 2012.

Spencer provides a blend of both NHS PPU-style private patient services, but also delivers NHS waiting list activity and has annual revenues of approximately £14m. 

SPH operates from the three main EKHUFT sites at Margate, Ashford and Canterbury, utilising many of the trust’s facilities such as operating theatres, radiology and pharmacy. 

This is managed through a contract and service-level agreements with SPH paying a percentage of income for each service to the trust. It employs more than 130 staff across all sites.

Philip Housden is a director of Housden Group