Great Ormond Street expands horizons

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Compiled by Philip Housden.

The man in charge of private patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) has had his role extended with an appointment as international and commercial managing director.

Chris Rockenbach

Chris Rockenbach joined the hospital in 2000 and has worked in, and led, the international and private care service for ten years. For the last three he headed the establishment of the trust’s commercial activity. His new role brings the two elements together.

He said: ‘Private practice is extremely important to GOSH, it is fundamental to our business model and enables us to build further expertise in caring for children and young people with rare and complex diseases. 

‘I am looking forward to working with our partners in the UK and across the globe offering exceptional care for more children  – adopting innovation, new therapies and treatments into clinical practice. 

‘Mutual collaboration is important to GOSH, be that through patient care in London or joint service programmes in the patient’s own country and I look forward to engaging with our partners, in whatever capacity that might be.’


Clinical director Melanie Horns said he would contribute to an even better offering for GOSH’s partners, with world-class care and research, innovation and educational offerings.

The hospital is also adding to its senior management team by recruiting a head of operations for international and private care. 

Its private patient income fell to £24.9m in 2021-22, a 33.4% drop from £37.4m the previous year and well below the record £68.8m achieved pre-pandemic in 2019-20 when the trust was a clear second only to Royal Marsden in private patient earnings in the NHS. 

In 2021-22, the trust ranked fifth by income, now overtaken by Guy’s and St Thomas’, Imperial and Moorfields. GOSH’s private patient income represents 4.9% of total trust revenues, third highest of all trusts, but down significantly on the 15% achieved before Covid and 8% in 2020-21.