Health June 6, 2019
Amanda Pritchard appointed NHS’ COO and Chief Executive of NHS Improvement

By News Feature - Accountable Care Journal

Amanda Pritchard has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of NHS England and Chief Executive Officer of NHS Improvement, a decision which Simon Stevens, NHS England's Chief Executive called the appointment "integral to creating the newly combined NHS England and NHS Improvement," and that Amanda will "play a critical role in supporting further progress on quality of care, health outcomes and efficiency, as well as operational performance and delivery."

Amanda is currently Chief Executive of Guy’s and St ThomasNHS Foundation Trust in London. In her new role, she will report to Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, and will serve as a member of the combined NHS England /NHS Improvement national leadership team.

Amanda called it a 'privilege' to join NHS England and to bring her 'values-based' approach to the delivery of the long-term plan.

Amanda joined the NHS through its graduate management training scheme in 1997 and has held a variety of NHS management posts since then including at West Middlesex Hospital, and as Deputy Chief Executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She has also served as health team leader in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and currently serves as chair of the Shelford Group of teaching hospitals and is a trustee of the NHS Providers trade association.

What does the COO do?

The COO oversees NHS operational performance and delivery, as well as the implementation of service transformation and patient care improvements set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. They are also accountable to the NHSI Board as NHS Improvement’s designated accountable officer with regulatory responsibility for Monitor.

The appointment follows an open competitive selection process and Amanda will take up post full time on 31 July.