Dr Bernie Marden – Chief Medical Officer

Dr Bernie Marden is Chief Medical Officer at NHS Somerset

A neonatal paediatrician by background having qualified in London in 1992, he worked in several hospitals in Wessex before undertaking a Neonatal Fellowship in Vancouver.

In 2004 he was appointed as a Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist at the RUH in Bath. During his time at RUH he was the first Divisional Director for Women and Children, paving the way for maternity services to be brought into the organisation.

He became Medical Director at RUH in 2017. Bernie is also Chair of the South West Paediatric Critical Care Operational Delivery Network and continues to play an active role in the Bristol and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) system, co-chairing the Population Health and Care Board and serving as SRO for the development of a shared provider Electronic Patient Record

Since joining NHS Somerset, Bernie has applied his considerable experience to Primary Care and system wide clinical professional leadership.

With a master’s in medical law and ethics, he is passionate about promoting an approach which is fair, reasonable, and just. His overarching motivation is around prioritising safe and excellent quality care, delivered in a way that makes sense to the local population to improve health and care outcomes for the population of Somerset.