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Torbay Hospital appoints chief operating officer

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Liz Davenport as its chief operating officer.
Liz has been in the role on an interim basis since September 2014 and came to the Trust, which runs Torbay Hospital, with a wealth of experience. She has worked at Devon Partnership Trust since 2001, including four years as a locality director, five years as director of workforce and organisational development, and has been director of operations for the mental health and learning disability trust for the past four years. Alongside the director of operations role, Liz was also deputy chief executive from April 2013.
She has also worked for five organisations that delivered mental health and learning disability services, and held a number of professional leadership, team management and clinical roles as an occupational therapist.
Sir Richard Ibbotson, chair of South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Following a rigorous recruitment process, with a high calibre of applicants, I am delighted that Liz has been appointed to this role. Her vast experience in many aspects of health and social care over the years, including improving and re-designing services, will stand us in good stead as we prepare for integrating with Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust.”