Hospital CEO recognised in New Year Honours List

Debbie Fleming CEO
Debbie Fleming CEO

The chief executive of University Hospitals Dorset has been an awarded an OBE for services to the NHS in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2022.

Debbie Fleming has worked for the NHS for nearly 38 years and been a chief executive for 20 years, leading the merger of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals and Poole Hospital from January 2019 when she became joint chief executive over both.

Debbie said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded this honour, and was incredibly humbled to receive this news. I am so very proud of the NHS, where it is a real privilege to work with such talented, dedicated and highly skilled people, providing such important services for local people.

“Throughout my time in the NHS, I have worked with many different individuals and teams, and I could not be more proud of our staff. I am grateful for all the opportunities that I have been given over nearly 38 years to develop myself and my career, and would like to say thank you to all those who have supported and encouraged me.”

Debbie has a long career with the NHS. She spent seven years as the Chair of the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy and has led a number of commissioning organisations across Dorset, Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. In 2013 she was appointed to the post of Area Director (Wessex) for NHS England, responsible for overseeing the establishment of the new ‘NHS architecture’ in the local area at that time. In 2014, Debbie was appointed as chief executive for Poole Hospital, where she served for five years before being appointed as joint chief executive for both Poole Hospital and the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals. She then led the merger of the two organisations and is now very proud to be chief executive for University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust.


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