Grant Thornton has strengthened its UK private Healthcare Advisory team with the appointment of Paula Holdsworth, former General Manager of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, as Associate Director. The appointment bolsters its health offering to the public sector.
Paula Holdsworth joins Grant Thornton from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, where she acted as General Manager for Specialist Services since 2010 and as Head of Clinical Quality between 2009 and 2010. Prior to this, she acted as Director of Operations for a specialist private healthcare company. Holdsworth is a dual qualified nurse.
The appointment of Holdsworth as Associate Director in its Healthcare Advisory team is in line with Grant Thornton’s strategy to expand its expertise in the private healthcare sector, says the firm in a press release, as well as reinforce the breadth and depth of its offering.
Holdsworth brings knowledge of both public and private sector healthcare services to her new role and has a proven track record of developing new services and transforming existing practices. “I'm delighted that Paula has joined our team. She brings specific expertise of the healthcare sector which perfectly complements our established private sector team. Her in-depth knowledge of operational delivery and advising on issues of quality, governance and transformation will be invaluable with regard to the breadth of services we deliver,” says Daniel Smith, Partner at Grant Thornton UK.
Commenting on her appointment, Holdsworth says: “The challenges facing the UK's healthcare sector – both private and public – have never been greater. Having a combination of NHS and private sector experience, at a senior level, I am looking forward to helping guide clients through this ever-changing landscape by assessing their quality and governance structures to improve operational and financial efficiency – whilst keeping service users interests at the heart of any decision-making.”