Amanda Pritchard set to be appointed NHS England Chief Executive

By - Integrated Care Journal

Amanda Pritchard set to be appointed NHS England Chief Executive

Amanda Pritchard is set to be appointed Chief Executive of NHS England this Sunday, taking over from Lord Simon Stevens. She will become the first female NHS Chief Executive in its 73 year history.

Pritchard is currently the Chief Operating Officer of NHS England, and Chief Executive and Chief Operating officer of NHS Improvement. She has been working for the NHS for more than 20 years, beginning on the NHS Management Training Scheme in 1997 and previously serving as Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London.

The appointment process has involved the Department of Health and Social Care and the NHS England board, including the chair David Prior. Prime Minster Boris Johnson, Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case have all participated in the decision.

Chief Executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, said: “The challenges ahead are formidable, but the NHS has shown, in its response to the pandemic, an extraordinary capacity to innovate and adapt at pace whilst maintaining the collective, compassionate and caring ethos that places the NHS at the heart of our national life. These are firm foundations from which to meet the coming challenges.

Over the last two years, trust leaders have welcomed Amanda’s calm, team oriented, and effective national operational leadership of the NHS through one of the most challenging periods in its history. She has a deep and strong connection with NHS frontline leaders and staff which will be much needed given the scale of the challenge ahead. It is also particularly pleasing to see a female NHS Chief Executive appointed for the first time in the service’s 73-year history. ”

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “Amanda is the continuity candidate, and her appointment ensures she will hit the ground running when Lord Stevens leaves. This role is arguably the most significant across the entire public sector and with a new Secretary of State getting up to speed, this continuity at the top of the NHS will be vital. ”

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