Philip Brading became the Charity’s first Chief Executive in March 2007. He has a background in finance and manufacturing and was previously a non-executive director and deputy chairman of the UCLH Foundation Trust for over 15 years.
As Chief Executive to the charity, Philip has worked alongside the trustees to implement benchmark projects, some of which are the first of their kind in the world, and are carefully designed to improve patient care and reduce costs, whilst ensuring sustainability for the NHS.
This includes Pathway, which is now the UK’s leading homeless healthcare charity but began its journey as a UCLH Charity project – to help the homeless transition from life in hospital to life outside hospital by providing them with the support and medical care they need.
Another example is the Neuromuscular Complex Care Centre at UCLH which provides multi-disciplinary care to those with neuromuscular disease. This is a sharp contrast to the previous fragmented model, which saw patients traveling in-between hospitals to receive the care they needed. When Sir Robert Francis opened the centre, he made the telling remark that “good care costs less than bad care” and this is a continued philosophy that can be seen throughout all of the opportunities that Philip brings to UCLH Charity.
Philip’s current focus is a commercial one, as seen with the charity’s main subsidiary, QSE, which is a private imaging health care company. The profits from QSE are gift aided and reinvested back into the NHS. The NHNN is currently benefitting to the extent of £1m per annum.
Philip is also keen to build on the success of the charity’s property portfolio, which has recently been extended with the Middlesex Annex. The charity will redevelop the old workhouse into affordable housing and market housing, and profits from this will, like QSE, be reinvested to enhance care at UCLH.
Philip’s current grant focus lies with artificial intelligence, to apply machine learning within the hospital and improve patient outcomes and efficiency at UCLH.