Leading the charge towards patient empowerment

I’ve recently joined NHS England as the Director of Personalisation and Choice, bringing together the teams who have been responsible for Personal Health Budgets (PHBs), Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) and Patient Choice.

I was previously the Chief Executive of the Independent Living Fund, which supported disabled people to live independently with choice and control over their lives.  This is an agenda which I am passionate about and I’m delighted to be working with people who share the same determination to make our health service ‘person centred’ with real choice being offered to patients.

Read the full blog by James Sanderson on our Personal Health Budget pages.

James Sanderson

James Sanderson is the Director of Personalisation and Choice at NHS England, working within the Commissioning Strategy Directorate.

He is responsible for ensuring the personalisation agenda is delivered as one of the key ambitions of the Five Year Forward View – transforming the way in which the NHS empowers patients. This includes leading the expansion of Personal Health Budgets, the delivery of the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Programme, and developing and implementing new models of delivering patient choice including in maternity services, end of life care, mental health and elective care.

James was formerly Chief Executive and Accounting Officer for the Independent Living Fund (ILF), an Executive NDPB (non-departmental public body) of the Department of Work and Pensions. The ILF was used to support disabled people across the whole of the UK to live independent lives through the provision of direct payments enabling the purchase of personal assistance support.

After graduating, James embarked on a career in the private sector before joining the ILF in 2002 to undertake a number of senior roles. He has worked as the Operations Director with responsibility for front line service delivery and Business Development Director with responsibility for performance development, change management and information governance.