Bill Oldfield

Bill Oldfield

Chief Medical Officer

My experience

I read Pharmacology and then Human and Applied Physiology at King’s College, London, before reading Medicine at St. George’s Hospital Medical School.

I trained in General and Respiratory Medicine in North-West London, during which I was awarded a Ph.D. Degree from Imperial College, before being appointed as Consultant in Respiratory Medicine to St Mary’s and Royal Brompton Hospitals in 2003.

I subsequently held a number of clinical managerial positions at Imperial College Healthcare, including Chief of Service, Deputy Medical Director and Interim Medical Director, before taking up the position of Medical Director at University Hospitals Bristol in 2018.

I was appointed as Medical Director at Kingston Hospital in 2021.

Thoughts on the role

This is a challenging, yet exciting time in the NHS as we start to emerge from the COVID pandemic during which we have learnt that we can change rapidly and work far more collaboratively than we historically ever thought possible.

The opportunity presented by working across two very different, but complementary, organisations is enormous and offers the possibility of designing seamless pathways of care with patients at the centre.

Something about me

I have lived in West London for nearly 30 years having grown up in Devon. I funded my university studies by renovating houses, and in my younger days I was a committed climber with expeditions to many countries including Iceland, Kenya and Pakistan.

As I’ve got older, I’ve moved towards hillwalking in the UK with my wife and dog. When at home I relax by cooking and have recently started to bake bread.