Jul 28, 2021

NHS England to appoint first female chief executive

Amanda Pritchard is set to become the first female chief executive of the NHS in England, BBC News has been told. Ms Pritchard, NHS England's chief operating officer, has been chosen to step up to replace Sir Simon Stevens. She started in the NHS as a management trainee, in the late 1990s, before holding senior posts at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. From 2005 to 2006, she worked in the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit and spent nearly four years as Guy's and St Thomas' chief executive before becoming NHS England's chief operating officer in the summer of 2019.In her current role she has worked closely with Sir Simon, effectively acting as his deputy. Ms Pritchard's impending appointment comes at a crucial time for the NHS.Not only does she have the coronavirus pandemic to deal with, but the government has launched a major overhaul of the NHS, which will see the creation of integrated organisations to bring hospitals and community services closer together.

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