New leadership appointments at King's Health Partners

King’s Health Partners has appointed new directors to join the leadership team and strengthen academic and clinical links across the partnership. 

Prof Sebastien Ourselin, Professor of Healthcare Engineering and Head of the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King’s College London, has been appointed Director for Digital Health and Data Sciences at King's Health Partners. 

Prof Josip Car, Professor of Population and Digital Health Sciences and Head of School of Life Course and Population Sciences at King’s College London, has been appointed Director for Population Health at King's Health Partners.

Digital Health and Data Sciences and Population Health are two of three strategic priorities for King's Health Partners, alongside Personalised Health, all of which will integrate mental and physical health working with King's Health Partners Mind & Body.  

Prof Seb OurselinProf Ourselin [pictured] will lead the development and delivery of the KHP Digital Health and Data Sciences strategic priority and leads the KHP Digital Health Hub, bringing expertise together across the partnership to support the training, co-creation, translation, and the acceleration of digital technologies. 

Prof Ourselin, FREng FMedSci, said: 

I am delighted to be appointed to the role of Director for Digital Health and Data Sciences and look forward to collaborating with our partners and building on the significant progress we have made. Integrating digital health across the partnership and the wider health system has the potential to further accelerate the discovery of new treatments, and helping people living in south east London receive faster access to care, diagnostic tools and medical technology.

Josip CarAmong the major population health initiatives across King's Health Partners and wider health system, Prof Car [pictured], working closely with Directors of Clinical Strategy, will play a leading role in the joint KHP and South East London Integrated Care System (SEL ICS) Population Health & Equity programme, working with teams across King's Health Partners to improve health system's performance and accelerate at scale improvement of health outcomes. 

Prof Car said:

Working together across the partnership and south east London will enhance prediction, early intervention and strengthen disease prevention and management, across diverse population groups. Our bold goal is health equity for our patients and communities - I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the King's Health Partners leadership team to help realise this ambition. 

Prof Grainne McAlonan, interim NIHR Maudsley BRC Director, and Prof Philip Newsome, appointed as the first Director of the King’s Health Partners (KHP) Centre for Translational Medicine, will also join KHP senior leadership.

Prof Richard Trembath, Executive Director of King's Health Partners said:

I am delighted to welcome Prof Ourselin, Prof Car, Prof McAlonan and Prof Newsome to KHP's leadership and delighted that Dr Patel and Dr Chowla will continue to provide their expertise to KHP senior leadership as Directors of Clinical Strategy. I am truly excited by the impact these appointments will have on the patients and communities we serve. 
I am certain their collective wealth of experience and vision in their respective fields in these highly collaborative and roles will help us drive forward the King's Health Partners strategy. 

Dr Catherine French, Director of Strategy, King's Health Partners, said:

I am looking forward to working together with our experienced senior leadership as we focus on our strategic priorities, co-creating them with partners and the communities we serve. 
We are committed to advancing patient care through research, innovation and joined up working, strengthening our links across the partnership, including with our broader NIHR infrastructure.

Dr Rachna Chowla and Dr Irem Patel will continue to work jointly as Directors of Clinical Strategy, King's Health Partners, alongside their clinical roles.


Dr Irem Patel is Consultant Respiratory Physician, Integrated Care, King's College Hospital NHS FT, Joint Clinical Director, Respiratory, NHS England (London Region) and Clinical Lead for COPD, National Respiratory Audit Program.

Dr Rachna Chowla is a GP in Southwark and a Clinical Lead for Clinical Effectiveness South East London (CESEL), working to improve health outcomes and reduce variation and inequalities.