Christchurch Group appoints chief operations officer

Ruth Smith, chief operating officer at Christchurch Group

Neurorehabilitation services provider Christchurch Group has promoted Ruth Smith to chief operating officer.

Smith was formerly director of operations, and in her new role will be responsible for improving the group’s post-acute neurorehabilitation services at its ten centres in the UK.

Smith’s other responsibilities will include overseeing marketing, implementing business practices and spearheading coaching initiatives. She will also be responsible for controlling company costs and preparing reports on financial performance.

‘As director of operations Ruth delivered outstanding results and lasting improvements. Under her leadership Christchurch became the “only” UK healthcare specialist to have achieved Headway Approved Provider status for “all” its services,’ said Richard McKenzie, chief executive of Christchurch Group. ‘The value of accreditation goes beyond a competitive distinction from other service providers – it demonstrates commitment to continuous service improvement and ensuring a workforce trained and skilled in working with individuals with brain injury.’

Commenting on her appointment, Smith added: ‘In the future I plan to continue to grow and develop effective services for all our patients, to build further strategic partnerships with the NHS to provide effective solutions to meet the rehabilitation needs of the UK’s population and drive forward the vision of the group and core values, building on its outstanding reputation.’