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Dr Christine Blanshard - Chief Medical Officer

Dr Christine Blanshard joined the Trust as Chief Medical Officer in October 2021.

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Christine joined the Trust from NHS England / NHS Improvement in the South West region where she was working as medical director, leading on a region-wide programme of recovery and transformation for all non-Covid services. 

Before taking on that role she was Chief Medical Officer for Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. When the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury made headlines across the world in 2018, she took the Gold Command role for her Trust’s widely praised response to the unprecedented incidents.

A gastroenterologist by background, Christine has held a number of senior leadership roles in acute trusts but she also has experience of serving as a board level advisor on the commissioning side.