New national clinical directors are appointed to drive clinically led NHS

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 19 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1729
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

The medical director of England’s NHS Commissioning Board, Bruce Keogh, has announced the names of 22 doctors who have been appointed as national clinical directors to give expert advice on specialist areas of care in the NHS.

Some of the clinical areas covered by the directorships are new, such as “integration and frail elderly,” “gastrointestinal and liver,” “spinal,” and “end of life care.”

There is a new focus on recovery, with three new directors appointed to report on “rehabilitation and recovering in the community,” “emergency preparedness and critical care,” and “enhanced recovery and acute surgery.”

The directors will report to four medical “domain” directors: Mike Richards, formerly the national director for cancer, is now the director for reducing mortality; Martin McShane is director for long term conditions; Keith Willett is director for acute episodes of care; and Neil Churchill is director for patient experience.

Altogether there are 25 part time posts, and four directors are still being sought. One of the appointments, national clinical director for stroke, is being held jointly by two doctors, Anthony Rudd from King’s College London and Damien Jenkinson from the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Keogh announced the names during his speech to open the inaugural Medical Leaders’ Conference, held at the NHS Innovation Expo 2013 on 13 and 14 March in London. The conference focused on how the restructured NHS, driven by a new clinically led commissioning system and a new network of clinical leaders, could improve quality outcomes for patients and transform the NHS.

Commenting on the appointments, Keogh said, “The restructured NHS has clinical leadership at its heart and will make its decisions based on the very best possible clinical evidence and expert advice. Our national clinical directors will provide the expert insight, knowledge, and research we need in order to understand and address the challenges we face in all different aspects of NHS care.”


Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1729


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