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Amanda Pritchard becomes first woman to lead NHS England

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 02 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1930
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The former chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust will take up the post of chief executive officer of NHS England on 1 August.

Amanda Pritchard has been chief operating officer of NHS England and chief executive of NHS Improvement since 2019. She has worked for the NHS for almost 25 years since joining through the NHS graduate management training scheme.1

Commenting on her appointment, Pritchard said she had always been very proud to work in the health service “but never more so than over the last 18 months as nurses, doctors, therapists, paramedics, pharmacists, porters, cleaners, and other staff have responded so magnificently to the covid-19 pandemic.”

The appointment of Pritchard, who was health team leader for the prime minister’s delivery unit in 2005, was welcomed by Boris Johnson. “Amanda’s experience and expertise mean she is perfectly placed to address these issues and more, and I look forward to working closely with her,” the prime minister said.

During her tenure Pritchard is likely to feel the impact of the Health and Care Bill 2021-22,2 which the government wants in place by April 2022. …

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