Jim Easton steps down as NHS Commissioning Board National Director: Transformation

Jim Easton has stepped down from his role as National Director: Transformation at the NHS Commissioning Board and his role as National Director for Improvement and Efficiency at the Department of Health.

In a 26 year career in healthcare he has previously been the Chief Executive of South Central Strategic Health Authority and, prior to that, the Chief Executive of York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

In response to his appointment, Jim said:

“It has been a privilege over the last three years to work for Sir David Nicholson, both in the Department of Health and more recently at the NHS Commissioning Board.

“Working alongside remarkable colleagues, I have led the work to improve efficiency and quality across the NHS. I am delighted to have played my part in successfully delivering the challenge to date and creating a platform for the progress to continue.

“In recent months I have also had the pleasure of being part of establishing and developing the new NHS Commissioning Board. This really has been a great opportunity to help shape the NHS of the future and transform the way we care for patients.

“However, the opportunity to work for Care UK, working closer to patients again and practicing the things I have been preaching over recent years was too good to miss. I am looking forward hugely to the new challenges and opportunities.”

Sir David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive and Chief Executive for the NHS Commissioning Board, said:

“During his 26 years, Jim has demonstrated his passion and commitment to the NHS. He has made an impressive and marked contribution towards improving outcomes for patients through creating a more innovative, efficient and better health service.  I wish him all the best for the future.”

Jim Easton will be taking up his new post with Care UK as Managing Director in the New Year.

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