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Vanessa Ford

Chief Executive

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I am proud to be the Chief Executive at SWLStG. As Chief Executive I am ultimately responsible for the mental health care that we provide to our communities and the experiences of our members of staff. My absolute focus is to put our patients and local communities at the heart of everything that we do. I started my career at SWLStG 20 years ago where I trained to be a mental health nurse. Over the years I have worked in a number of nursing leadership roles at Devon Partnership NHS Trust and West London Mental Health NHS Trust. I came back to SWLStG in 2016 as Director of Nursing and in August 2019 became the Chief Executive.

I am proud to be a Registered Mental Health Nurse and member of the Royal College of Nursing.

I am the NHS Place based lead for Merton, which means that I lead a team of NHS, local authority and voluntary sector partners to join up the health and care services we provide and develop and strengthen Merton’s health and care together partnership.

I am also Senior Responsible Officer for South West London Digital. I am passionate about the positive impact digital transformation can have on the care and treatment of patients and increasing patient choice.

Ask me about: Long walks, my trusty Brompton bike, and my beloved dog!

I pledge: to ensure that being inclusive and equitable is at the heart of our Trust