Professor Joe Harrison

Professor Joe Harrison@NHS from 01/01/18 to 05/01/18  

Twitter: @JoeHMK

Job title: Chief executive

Place care or work: Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Joe Harrison joined Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as chief executive almost exactly five years ago. MKUH is an acute hospital serving a population of over 300,000 employing 4,000 staff.

His focus at MKUH has been on improving patient safety, experience and clinical effectiveness, which are the hospital’s three key strategic objectives.

Before joining MKUH, Joe was chief executive at Bedford Hospital. He has nearly 30 years’ experience working in acute hospitals, including in senior director roles at UCLH and Barts Health, as well as in several district general hospitals.

Joe is married to Samantha Jones, a paediatric and general nurse by background who has had a successful career in the NHS, both as chief executive for a number of acute hospitals and most recently as the national lead for the new care models programme for NHS England.

They have twins aged 8, and a very mischievous Labrador called Oli.

Joe has a particular passion for education and research and is a board member of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), Chair of the Clinical Research Network Partnership Board for Thames Valley, Trustee for NHS Providers and NHS Elect and also sits on a number of committees and the Council with the University of Buckingham.