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Simon Henley-Castleden

Simon Henley-Castleden

Integration Manager

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Integration Manager, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Integration Manager

A member of the Divisional Senior Management Team, I am leading the Integration Programme for the Division. Following the acquisition of the Princess Royal Hospital Sites by King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at the dissolution of South London Healthcare NHS Trust, King's has moved from being, essentially, a single site organisation, to one operating across five sites.

As well as supporting teams moving towards being part of the single 'Team King's', I run the overall Divisional integration programme, which consists of multiple projects. I am specifically leading and project managing a number of projects, including those to:
- redesign phlebotomy services, where there are currently significant waiting time issues;
- ensure governance structures are in place throughout the services across all sites;
- redesign outpatient space and to review the service to allow more activity to go through;
- re-allocate office space;
- prepare Divisional Business continuity plans;
- redesign clinical pathways to develop ambulatory models of care to avoid hospital admissions.

I sit on the Trust’s two Emergency Care Boards, DOING (the integration delivery group) and deputise for the Divisional manager at Performance and Operational meetings.

I am on the Silver Command rota for the Trust.

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South London Healthcare NHS Trust

General Manager

I was a general manager for 9 years, more recently at South London Healthcare, and before that for Queen Elizabeth Hospital – one of the predecessors of SLHT. Within the organisation I had four different General Manager roles managing services including acute and community paediatrics, neonatology, obstetrics, gynaecology, sexual health and HIV medicine, radiology, gastroenterology and endoscopy. I was responsible for the overall operational management of the different Divisions, with up to 900 staff and a budget of a little over £50 million.

I fulfilled the lead operational role instead of having a Divisional Director of Operations, and I routinely deputised for the Divisional Director at a range of executive level meetings.

I oversaw performance against targets and objectives including Elective Admitted and Non-Admitted Waits and Emergency Access, Cancer Standards, and Diagnostics; and worked with the team to develop mitigation plans for any variance against these. I represented the Division at the Access and Performance Board, the Length of Stay Programme Board, Emergency Care Board and Cancer Board. I worked daily with colleagues throughout the Trust in managing bed capacity and balance elective and emergency bed use.

I was responsible for overall operational and strategic management for the Directorate, including the production Service and Development Plans, and the preparation of business cases and bids, both internally and externally, to secure additional staffing, equipment and financial resources for the directorate. Developing effective partnership working with primary care and other stakeholders, and ensuring appropriate public and patient involvement in assessing service quality and developing plans for improvement.


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PhD, Immunotherapy for cancer

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BSc (Hons), Human Biology

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A levels and O Levels