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CPFT appoints Dr Julie Hankin as new Medical Director

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Dr Julie Hankin as its next Medical Director.

Julie (pictured), who is Executive Medical Director at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, will begin her new role in April.

CPFT Chief Executive Tracy Dowling said: “We are delighted to have appointed Julie Hankin. We underwent a rigorous process and she was the outstanding candidate. 

“To be able to attract someone of her calibre to our Trust is a testament to the work of our teams and our vision for the future of physical and mental health care, coupled with world leading research. We are excited to welcome Julie to the Trust and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough health and care system.”

Julie said: “I am really excited to be joining the Trust and am looking forward to working with everyone in the Trust and the wider system to continue the journey from good to outstanding.”

Julie will succeed Dr Chess Denman who is stepping down following 34 years with the NHS, having joined CPFT as a consultant in 1995. 

Tracy said: “Chess has been an outstanding medical director for the last eight of her 25 years at CPFT. She leaves a strong legacy of innovation and excellence in mental health services and more recently she has championed the clinical leadership in the health and care system. 

“We will miss Chess’s wisdom, her knowledge and her great sense of fun. We wish her a long, happy and fulfilling retirement and would like to thank her for making such a positive difference to the lives of so many patients and colleagues over the course of her career.”

Chess, who plans to continue working as a clinician, said: “It has been a privilege to serve as Medical Director of CPFT. I have been blessed with some of the nicest, kindest and most hardworking friends and colleagues anyone could ever want. I am so glad Julie is starting as our new Medical Director. It means I am looking forward to spending a bit of my time as an ordinary clinician again knowing that the Trust will be in excellent hands.”

Julie, a consultant psychiatrist, has been Executive Medical Director at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust since 2014. 

Prior to this she held various clinical director roles over a period of 10 years in Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust.  From 2012 to 2014 Julie was the National Professional Advisor for Mental Health for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and she is a board member of the Mental Health Network of the NHS Confederation.

She holds an honorary professor of clinical leadership role within the University of Nottingham business school has previously been a panel member for the national Health Services and Delivery Research funding stream with the National Institute for Health Research.

CPFT employs more than 4,000 staff who provide community physical healthcare for older people and those with long-term conditions, mental healthcare for children and adults, children’s health services in Peterborough, learning disability support and social care support.


For more information please contact:
Andy Burrows
Interim Deputy Head of Communications
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk  
T 01223 219467

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