A message from Dr Olu Olasode, Senior Independent Director

Thank you for your interest in joining East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust (EKHUFT).  

EKHUFT is a large and complex multi-site, hospital Trust providing a range of acute and community services to a local population of 743,000 people and specialist services for a far wider population.  As Senior Independent Director of the Trust I am proud to contribute to the leadership of the Trust and support our Executive Directors and wider workforce to realise our vision of ‘great healthcare from great people’.  

EKHUFT is a Trust that has at its heart a commitment to improving the health of the communities we serve.  We are proud of the research we conduct and innovative approaches we take; and the fact that a number of our services have an international reputation.  The development of our facilities through expansions and renovations will further our capacity to do still more.  However, I am also aware of the challenges we face – many of these have been highly publicised and the resulting pressure on our executive team and wider workforce to realise improvement and transform services is significant.    

Together with the Council of Governors, our Board has a responsibility to ensure that our future shaped around our people and supported by inclusive leadership and robust governance in order to deliver on the commitment we have to the people of East Kent.  By joining our Board, you will not only share this responsibility, but share also in the pride we have for our people, our services and our communities.    

We hope this microsite provides you with the information you need about our organisation and the roles. Thank you for your interest in joining our board of directors.  

Dr Olu Olasode, Senior Independent Director