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14.10.15

Simons Stevens creates three frontline roles to drive NHS reforms

NHS England boss Simon Stevens has created three new roles to strengthen the body’s work on primary care, cancer services and specialist commissioning, as well as help “turbo-charge” the implementation of Five Year Forward reforms.

In his announcement at the King’s Fund yesterday (13 October), Stevens said he appointed “exceptionally high-calibre” frontline leaders to these roles, handpicked to work alongside national medical director Sir Bruce Keogh.

The first, Dr Arvind Madan, will become NHS England’s director of primary care, building on his work as GP at the Hurley Group. He will continue seeing patients in East London, but will step down from his role as CEO of Hurley Innovations to serve as a deputy national medical director to Keogh.

Cally Palmer was selected to implement recommendations from the NHS Cancer Taskforce’s five year strategy in her new job as NHS national cancer director. She will also work with new cancer Vanguards to use outcomes-based commissioning in an effort to redesign care.

Palmer will continue to act as chief executive of the Royal Marsden Hospital NHS FT while seconded to NHS England.

The last appointment, Dr Jonathan Fielden, will serve as NHS England’s director of specialised commissioning to lead the development of a strategy for specialised services. Similarly to Dr Madan, Dr Fielden will also serve as a deputy national medical director to Keogh.

He is currently medical director of University College London Hospitals NHS FT, a consultant in intensive care medicine and member of a CCG governing body.

(Top image taken during NHS Confederation 2015 conference)

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