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Solent NHS Trust appoints new Chief Medical Officer

Solent NHS Trust, a local NHS provider of community and mental health services, has announced the appointment of Dan Baylis as its new Chief Medical Officer.

Dan Baylis joins Solent NHS Trust from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) where he is a consultant physician, working in medicine for older people. Dan also leads the Emergency Department at Southampton General Hospital.

As a highly experienced clinician, Dan brings with him a wealth of expertise and knowledge as well as knowledge of local services, having worked right in services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Having trained at Imperial College London, Dan subsequently moved to the south coast as a junior doctor where he has worked across community and hospital settings including in Portsmouth, Southampton and on the Isle of Wight. He completed a PhD at the University of Southampton looking at the determinants of healthy ageing, including the important role of the immune system.

Dan will continue working with University Southampton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust both clinically, and as their Associate Medical Director, two days a week. Dan’s joint role provides a unique and exciting opportunity to further join up care pathways and improve services for patients, families and carers across all our services in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Sue Harriman, Chief Executive at Solent NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome Dan to Solent.”

“Dan has a strong passion for providing the very best quality of care and is incredibly enthusiastic about supporting our outstanding team of staff.

“He brings with him lots of experience from working across acute hospitals and community services. This will be incredibly valuable as we come through the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to look at how we can better provide community, mental health and specialist services for residents in Hampshire and Isle of Wight.”

Speaking about his appointment, Dan, said: “I am thrilled to be joining Solent NHS Trust. I have a real passion for helping to keep people at, or close to, home with their loved ones, when it is appropriate for them. Community services, like those provided by Solent, have a very big role to play in making this happen.

“High quality and compassionate care is important to me. The people at the heart of Solent are clearly incredibly passionate about putting the patient first and ensuring the best outcomes for people.

I’m looking forward to joining the team in August.”

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