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Grant Thornton strengthens private healthcare advisory team

In line with its strategy to expand its expertise in the private healthcare sector, leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP has reinforced its offering through a senior appointment to its team.

Paula Holdsworth has joined the team as associate director for healthcare. Paula, a dual qualified nurse, brings knowledge of both public and private sector healthcare services to the team. She joins Grant Thornton's private healthcare advisory team following a successful career as general manager at an NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust and previously director of operations for a specialist private healthcare company. 

With a proven track record of developing new services and transforming existing practices, whilst balancing both quality and financial indicators, Paula has delivered key outcomes throughout her career that have positively impacted on the healthcare sector.  Whilst serving within the NHS and private sector, Paula maintained positive working relationships with commissioners within Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England.  She will be based at Grant Thornton's Finsbury Square offices in London. 

Commenting on her appointment, Paula said: "The challenges facing the UK's healthcare sector – both private and public – have never been greater.  Having a combination of NHS and private sector experience, at a senior level, I am looking forward to helping guide clients through this ever-changing landscape by assessing their quality and governance structures to improve operational and financial efficiency – whilst keeping service users interests at the heart of any decision-making."

Daniel Smith, Partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP, added: "I'm delighted that Paula has joined our team.  She brings specific expertise of the healthcare sector which perfectly complements our established private sector team. Her in-depth knowledge of operational delivery and advising on issues of quality, governance and transformation will be invaluable with regard to the breadth of services we deliver.  Building a dynamic team comprised of individuals with real sector knowledge is in line with our strategy and reflects our continued focus and commitment to this critical sector.  The expansion of the team further establishes us as the 'go to' advisory firm in this market."