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Today (31st March) marks the end of an era, as Rt Hon Tricia Marwick steps down as Chair of the NHS Fife Board after 6 years in the role.

At a presentation following NHS Fife’s Board meeting earlier this week, Tricia’s long-standing commitment to public service and the people of Fife was acknowledge as she steps down from public service.

In a speech delivered by Carol Potter, on behalf of NHS Fife, acknowledgement was given to Tricia’s role as Chair being instrumental in the development and advancement of NHS Fife’s governance processes, bringing rigour and discipline to this hugely important aspect of our responsibility as a Board and assuring the appropriate balance between holding the executive to account and offering support and advice.

Through her input at a national level, there has also recognition of the substantial progress in increasing the diversity of membership on health boards and in promoting the voice of women in public service.

The speech also reflected that almost half of her tenure as Board Chair had been providing leadership within the context of a global pandemic and despite these most difficult of circumstances and some real challenges along the way, under her direction NHS Fife delivered some incredible achievements:

  • we successfully designed and implemented a robust COVID-19 vaccination programme, which has led to more than one million doses being delivered in Fife;
  • we rolled out a huge range of initiatives to support staff health and wellbeing, both during the COVID pandemic and afterwards
  • we retained our ‘best in class’ position in relation to elective capacity across Scotland,
  • we embraced new technologies with the introduction of a series of new and innovative surgical techniques, alongside the introduction of robotic assisted surgery.
  • we planned, secured funding, built, and opened a state-of-the-art elective orthopaedic facility here at the Victoria Hospital, and
  • we transformed our endowment fund into the Fife Health Charity, committing over £7million for different projects and initiatives to enhance both staff and patient experience.

On behalf of NHS Fife, we thank Tricia for her contribution in the role and wish her health and happiness in her future endeavours.

As announced earlier this month, Alastair Morris will assume the role of Board Chair from 01 April 2023.