NHS England has today announced the appointment of Celia Ingham Clark as the National Director for Reducing Premature Deaths.
Mrs Ingham Clark was previously a consultant general and colorectal surgeon and then Medical Director at Whittington Hospital NHS Trust. In 2010, Mrs Ingham Clark was appointed Associate Medical Director for Secondary Care for NHS London and later Medical Director for Revalidation and Quality for the London region of NHS England. Most recently she was also the National Clinical Director for Enhanced Recovery and Acute Surgery for NHS England.
Mrs Ingham Clark, said:
“I am delighted to accept this appointment which enables me to broaden the scope of my focus on quality improvement. I look forward to working with colleagues across the country to drive a reduction in early deaths.”
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director for NHS England, said:
“I am delighted by Celia’s appointment. Her work on the review into seven day services, leading the clinical standards work stream, was outstanding and I look forward to continuing to work with her in future.”
With her interest in using service development to improve quality of care, Mrs Ingham Clark was previously National Clinical Lead for Transforming Inpatient Care with NHS Improvement from 2007 to 2013, and also chaired the clinical expert panel for the emergency general surgery work stream of London’s acute care Quality and Safety review from 2011 to 2013.
Mrs Ingham Clark is currently a member of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland Emergency Surgery special interest group and this year she was awarded an MBE for services to the NHS. Mrs Ingham Clark takes up her new appointment as of 1 January 2014.