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Compiled by Philip Housden

On The Move: Shams Maladwala, head of Royal Marsden Private Care

Shams Maladwala

The managing director for The Royal Marsden Private Care, Shams Maladwala, is leaving after nine successful years. 

Under his leadership The Royal Marsden Private Care has won numerous prestigious Laing-Buisson Awards.

He has championed the hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust’s integrated model, which enables all profits from private care to be re-invested into the trust to provide high standards of service for all patients, whether NHS or privately funded. 

Shams and the team have grown the service significantly from £67m in 2013-14 to £141.6m for the 2021-22 financial year, while also managing capacity and the demands of working within an NHS environment. 

The Royal Marsden Private Care is by far the largest earner of private patient income, delivering 26% of the total for all England NHS trusts in 2021-22.

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Shams has also delivered innovative new services and facilities including, most recently in April 2021, the successful opening of The Royal Marsden Private Care at Cavendish Square. 

The diagnostic and treatment centre in the Harley Street medical district has supported The Royal Marsden Private Care to significantly grow international referrals from the Middle East and China. 

Shams said: ‘It has been a privilege to lead The Royal Marsden Private Care, and I’m confident that our integrated and research-led care model will continue to drive growth and provide world-leading treatment and care for patients.”

His new role will be helping establish Dubai’s first comprehensive cancer centre as executive director of the Hamdan Bin Rashid Charity Cancer Hospital. 

Maternity suite re-opens at University College Hospital

University College Hospital’s Fitzrovia Suite has been re-opened following a major refurbishment and modernisation programme. 

The ward includes a new dedicated reception area, new private waiting, five en-suite bedrooms and two new delivery rooms, meaning private vaginal births can now be offered as well as the caesarean sections previously provided. 

The Fitzrovia Suite is staffed by a team of dedicated private midwives and all profits from private maternity services are reinvested back into NHS maternity services, which then benefits all patients in the hospital.

‘The new environment is making a real difference to everyone that uses the ward, from patients, to visitors to staff,’ said lead private midwife Debbie Bridgewater. 

Director of private healthcare, Kerensa Heffron, said: ‘I am delighted that we are able to provide such wonderful facilities, which will complement the world-class treatment we were already offering to our patients.

‘This new environment reflects back the quality of the expertise and care we provide every day.’

UCLH Private Healthcare is based across eight specialist sites in and around Bloomsbury, central London, providing a wide range of private services including neurology and neurosurgery, fertility, maternity, teenage cancers and ear nose and throat treatment.

It reported private patient revenues of £7.3m in the trust’s 2021-22 annual accounts. This is a rise of £1.4m and 25% on 2019-20, although still well down on the pre-Covid earnings of £20.4m in 2019-20.

Philip Housden is director of Housden Group