Barbara Baker Nuffield

Nuffield names director for £60m scheme

Nuffield Health has appointed Barbara Baker as market director to oversee the development of the former Elizabeth Gaskell campus into a hospital and rehabilitation centre.

Baker's remit will include appointing architects and contractors for the £60m scheme, as well as developing an integrated wellbeing programme to improve health outcomes.

Baker is currently hospital director at Nuffield Health's Derby hospital and will take up the market director role on 1 January 2015.

Nuffield Health purchased the Elizabeth Gaskell campus complex from Manchester Metropolitan University in July, and took possession of the site in September. The 5-acre site will provide scope for a wide range of facilities in the hospital, including rehabilitation and preventative health services.

Final designs for the hospital facilities are being developed and Nuffield Health expects to submit plans to Manchester City Council for approval in spring 2015.

Baker said: "Nuffield Health's wellbeing model is breaking new ground in the health sector, and attracting attention of national health planners in Whitehall. I am excited that the ground breaking work is happening in Manchester and I am looking forward to delivering it to the city.

"The new hospital is just one part of the integrated approach to health we are taking in Manchester. Our health assessment centres planned for sites across the city region are designed to prevent health issues and promote wellness, while the hospital and its remarkable facilities will be for when health problems do arise."

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