New chief operating officer for Portsmouth hospital trust

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A NEW chief operating officer has been appointed at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Paul Bytheway has been appointed in the role, with immediate effect.

He is a registered nurse by profession and was previously in an executive role at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, having worked as director of operations for medicine and community.

A spokeswoman for the trust, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, said: ‘With a broad breadth of operational and clinical experience, Paul has a great skill-base for the role and we look forward to working with him.’

He is one of several new appointments made at the trust.