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Monday 26 July 2021
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David Dalton

Salford Royal Chief Executive receives a Knighthood

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust’s Chief Executive David Dalton has been awarded a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List. The Knighthood is in recognition of his services to the NHS.


David is one of the most successful and nationally prominent Chief Executives in the NHS. He has developed Salford Royal as one of the safest and best run NHS Foundation Trusts in the country, delivering some of the best health outcomes for populations with the highest health needs.


He played a key role in the creation of North West e-Health, which he now chairs and which has enabled the Salford Lung Study – the first real-world study of a pre-licence drug in a single geographic health population. He also founded AQuA, a membership body supporting quality improvement, and NHS QUEST, a network of highly performing Trusts supporting new methods of improvement to patient safety.


David said he was stunned to receive the letter inviting him to agree to his name being put forward to Her Majesty the Queen for the proposed honour of a Knighthood in the list of honours.  


He said: “To be honoured in this way is not something that I could ever have imagined when I joined the NHS as an Administrative Trainee almost 35 years ago. However, without a shadow of a doubt, it is not just about my contribution to the NHS; it reflects the hard work of all those who strive with me to provide the safest care for our patients today and to plan for the best outcomes in the future.


“In Salford, I am privileged to work alongside some of the very best nurses, doctors and healthcare staff at all levels, that the NHS could hope to have.  The same must be said of my colleagues in the health and academic community of Greater Manchester where together we have created a research culture with an international reputation. I am very fortunate that I have been able to help in the development of one of the country’s first electronic health records and to see the data being used, through North West e-Health, to support the development of new treatments.”


Salford Royal Chairman Jim Potter said: “We are all absolutely delighted to learn that David has been knighted.  This is such a well-deserved award which honours David’s huge contribution locally to Salford and nationally to the improvement of the quality and safety of patient care in the NHS.


“His leadership qualities are rare, but well recognised.  Since his arrival at Salford Royal 12 years ago he has committed himself to improving the quality of healthcare in Salford and beyond. His leadership has been crucial to achieving the sustained high performance of the Trust which consistently receives the highest satisfaction rates from both patients and staff.  Earlier this month it was recognised as the best hospital in the North of England. 


“He has worked tirelessly with his team to make Salford Royal one of the safest organisations in the NHS. I am sure that David would say that his success entirely depends upon the tremendous commitment and support from colleagues inside the Trust and those in partner organisations with whom he works so well. I am sure that the staff of Salford Royal will join with me to say how proud we are of his achievements and this national honour.”


Salford Royal’s Consultant Surgeon Mr Iain Anderson was also honoured with an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for his contribution to clinical surgery and medical education. Mr Anderson said: “It is a great honour to receive this recognition. It has been a privilege over the past 30 years to provide services to the people of Salford, the North West and much further afield.


“I would like to thank Salford Royal for the support they’ve given me throughout my career and also pay a particular tribute to my many colleagues who have been a pleasure to work alongside as we strive to provide the best possible care for patients.”