Blood and Infection

Blood and Infection is one of six National Programmes of Care (NPoCs) overseeing the commissioning of specialised and highly specialised services.

The role of the NPoC is to provide leadership and oversight of the development and delivery of a comprehensive work programme that achieves demonstrable improvements in the quality, equity, value and outcomes of commissioned specialised services.

The Blood and Infection NPoC covers specialised services in infection, immunity and haematology. It consists of an NPoC Board and six Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) as follows:

CRGs provide clinical advice and leadership on the specialised services in the Blood and Infection NPoC. These groups of clinicians, commissioners, public health experts, patients and carers use their specific knowledge and expertise to advise NHS England on the best ways that specialised services should be provided.

CRGs lead on the development of clinical commissioning policies, service specifications and quality standards. They also provide advice on innovation, horizon scanning, service reviews and guide work to reduce variation and deliver increased value. CRGs, through their Patient and Public Voice (PPV) members, also help ensure that any changes to the commissioning of specialised services involve patients and the public.

Chair and membership of the Blood and Infection NPoC Board

Chair: Peter Huskinson

Peter Huskinson is Commercial Director of Specialised Commissioning in NHS England. Peter joined the NHS in 2003 after a career in supply chain management and has worked in a range of commissioning and transformation roles with responsibility for primary, community acute and mental health care. He holds a master’s degree with distinction in Health Economics, Policy & Management from London School of Economics. Peter has served on the national advisory body for Payment by Results since 2007 and is part of the NHS England’s national work on strategic service review and reform of contracts, pricing and incentives.

Clinical Co-Chair: Simon Barton

Simon Barton is a Consultant Physician in HIV/Genitourinary Medicine and Associate Medical Director for Integrated Care at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. He is an adjunct Professor in Medicine at Imperial College. Simon is Clinical Chair of the Blood and Infection NPoC Board, previously having chaired the HIV CRG for four years until 2015. From 2008–14 he was Clinical Advisor on Sexual Health for the London Sexual Health Programme, was President of the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH) from 2006–2008 and Clinical Director of HIV, GUM , Dermatology and Pathology from 1996 until 2014. He is actively involved in educational and training issues in HIV and sexual health, being the UK representative to the European Union of Medical Specialists.

CCG Co-Chair: Vacancy

National Programme of Care Senior Manager: Claire Foreman

Claire is the Senior Programme of Care Manager for the Blood and Infection programme within Specialised Services at NHS England. Claire has worked in the NHS for 15 years and in specialised commissioning for over 5 years. Her background is in patient and public involvement, service improvement and commissioning.

  • Commissioning Manager Highly Specialised Services: Joan Ward
  • Regional Programme of Care Manager North: Jane Pearson-Moore
  • Regional Programme of Care Manager Midlands & East: Kim Fell
  • Regional Programme of Care Manager London: Tracy Palmer
  • Regional Programme of Care Manager South: Nigel Andrews
  • Programme of Care PPV member:  Kye Gbangbola
  • Programme of Care PPV member: Aga Yusef Athar Azad