Staff Appointment

October 12, 2021

HCA Healthcare UK Appoints Chief Nursing Executive

Carol Kefford has been appointed as HCA Healthcare UK’s Chief Nursing Executive. Carol will oversee the continued development of nursing strategy and the professional development and career management of nursing and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) across HCA UK’s network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics. 

Carol will lead a team of nine Chief Nursing Officers, 1,700 nursing colleagues and nearly 1,000 AHPs who have a diverse range of clinical expertise, skills and experience that enable HCA Healthcare UK to deliver safe, high-quality care across a depth and breadth of medical specialties. 

With over 30 years’ experience in nursing and healthcare Carol’s career began in the NHS before becoming a Nursing Officer in the Army. She maintains her connection to the Army in her current advisory role as Colonel Commandant, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps.

After leaving the army, Carol joined Nuffield Health, where she established an impressive record of achievement in operational and clinical leadership roles, including Hospital Director, Chief Nurse and Clinical Director. Carol is recognised for her influence in building cultures of positivity and resilience and is highly regarded for her leadership and commitment to supporting colleagues to achieve their highest levels of performance and potential. 

John Reay, Chief Executive Officer of HCA Healthcare UK said: 

“I am delighted to welcome Carol Kefford to HCA Healthcare UK. The role of Chief Nursing Executive is integral to the delivery of safe, effective and compassionate care to our patients. Carol’s reputation within the healthcare sector is extremely well established and her skills in strategic leadership and commitment to clinical excellence are impressive. Carol is undoubtedly a very exciting addition to our team.”

Carol Kefford Chief Nursing Executive
I am thrilled to join HCA Healthcare UK as Chief Nursing Executive. This is a hugely exciting role, and I look forward to working with the hospitals’ incredible nursing and allied healthcare professionals teams to advance their professional development and performance, whilst continuing to deliver high-quality and safe care to patients.
Carol Kefford

Chief Nursing Executive of HCA Healthcare UK

HCA Healthcare UK Appoints Chief Nursing Executive
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