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Professor Sir Alan Craft joins Northumbria Healthcare board

Thursday, 18 October, 2018
Professor Sir Alan Craft joins Northumbria Healthcare board

Leading clinician joins NHS Foundation Trust board following a 40-year career as a doctor, educator and innovator

Professor Sir Alan Craft – a consultant specialising in paediatric oncology and former Head of Child Health at Newcastle University medical school – has today joined the board of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in a non-executive director role. Previously he held positions at two hospitals in North Tyneside.

Professor Craft, a Northumberland resident and author of over 350 papers, review articles and books, began his medical career in 1969 before specialising first in paediatric medicine and then in paediatric oncology. He held the presidency of the Royal College of Paediatrics between 2003 and 2006 and that of the International Paediatric Oncology Society for over six years between 1999 and 2005.

A pioneer of treatment, research and patient care Professor Craft has led studies into the management of bone tumours and the evaluation of screening for neuroblastoma; to name but two.

Welcoming him to the trust board Chair Alan Richardson said:

“It is a real privilege to have someone of Professor Craft’s standing; calibre and track record for pushing medical boundaries join our board. We are an ambitious trust and the insights he can offer will be invaluable as we look to implement our five-year strategy which includes a £150 million investment into services across Northumberland and North Tyneside.”

“I very much look forward to working with him.”

On taking up the appointment Professor Sir Alan Craft said:

“After 40 years working in NHS, I am now looking forward to taking up a new and different role as a non-executive director. I feel that the wide experience that I have will be able to support Northumbria Healthcare’s ambition to continuously strive for excellence – which ultimately benefits the local communities served, patients and staff.”

In his spare time, Professor Craft is an avid supporter of the Scout movement, serves as chairman of Northumberland scouts and is a committed runner.

Media Contact:

Elliot Nichols – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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