Practicing doctors to advise NHS on distinct areas of patient care

Practicing clinicians from across England are to work part-time at the NHS Commissioning Board to give expert advice on distinct areas of NHS care.

Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh today (Wednesday) announced the names of 21 National Clinical Directors (NCDs) appointed to provide expert advice and research to the national medical directorate on conditions and services ranging from obesity and diabetes to emergency preparedness and critical care.

Prof Sir Bruce revealed the names as part of his address to open the inaugural Medical Leaders’ Conference, which will be held at the NHS Innovation Expo 2013 (Wednesday 13 March and Thursday 14 March, Excel Centre, London). The conference will focus on how the restructured NHS, driven by a new clinically-led commissioning system and a new network of clinical leaders, can improve quality outcomes for patients and transform the NHS.

Commenting on the appointments, he 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.

“We have appointed high-calibre clinicians to all these posts, and they will play a key role in the development of clinically-led, patient-focussed care across all areas of the NHS.”

The national clinical directors will continue to work in their current roles, and remain based in their current areas. There will be a total of 25 NCD posts altogether: recruitment to the remaining four is ongoing.


  1. Gerard Andrade says:

    I think the link has been pasted again for ease of reference.

  2. Mary Hawking says:

    All but one from NHS Trusts or Foundation Trusts.

    I’m not sure how – or whether – any of this relates to or involves General Practice.

    And why oh why is the link in an answer to comments? most sane people just don’t look for this important information in the Comments!

  3. Sunil Kotecha says:

    Looks like all the leads are hospital based clinicians or am I wrong.
    Aren’t there many GPs out there with enough expertise? or did they not apply assuming the posts were advertised

  4. Simon@NHS CB says:

    Thank you all for your comments, the article has been updated with the link to the list of NHS CB Medical Directorate – Domain Division: National Clinical Directors (13 March 2013).

    Kind regards

    Digital Communications Officer
    NHS Commissioning Board

  5. P J Smith says:

    Logging on to this site to see the names of the new clinical directors……they are announced, as of yesterday, but where are they on the site? An update with greater valuable information please.

  6. Patrick Leahy says:

    Thanks for this – do you have a list of the doctors who will be advising?

  7. Wendy Kimber says:

    Could you please let me know where I might be able to find a list of the 21?
    Many thanks,