Nuffield Health have appointed Rob Thomas as their health systems director.

Rob will lead three hospitals and oversee 11 Fitness and Wellbeing Centres, including Weston-super-Mare and Taunton.

Rob joined the healthcare charity in 2019, having previously been in leadership roles for the NHS across Wales and England and has worked in the Middle-East.

“I’m proud to be part of Nuffield Health, particularly our unrelenting focus on patient safety and governance,” says Rob. 

"In my new role, I’m focused on advancing our healthcare, fitness and wellbeing services for more people in local communities across the South-West region and in Wales. 

“Nuffield Health’s vision is to help more people from local communities to lead healthier lives through its best-in-class connected preventative, diagnostic, hospital, physio, fitness and mental wellbeing services.

“I will continue to work with my talented colleagues at Cheltenham, Cardiff and Vale hospitals and I’m looking forward to working with the hospital team at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, which specialises particularly in orthopaedic surgery and joint care. 

“Our Bristol Hospital supports people within the local community who have health insurance, those who pay for their care themselves and NHS patients from North Bristol NHS Trust and University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust.”

Rob said he is focussing on implementing improved collaboration between the Bristol, Cheltenham, Cardiff and Vale hospitals as well as the rest of the fitness and wellbeing centres at Bridgend, Cwmbran, Bristol, Bristol North, Plymouth, Plymouth Devonshire, Gloucester, Swindon  and Yeovil.

“I’m already impressed with the talented teams at our 11 fitness and wellbeing centres across the South-West and in Wales,” he added.

“They are committed to helping our local members lead healthier livesachieve their fitness and wellbeing goals, as well as supporting our hospital patients who are undergoing rehabilitation.

“At Nuffield Health, we take a personal approach by treating everyone as an individual with their health challenges and aspirations.

"Driven to enable individuals to thrive, I am dedicated to operating with integrity, authenticity, and a cooperative method to achieve exceptional outcomes for people in local communities across the South-West and in Wales.”