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Trust CEO Jim Mackey is appointed to head up new NHS Improvement quango

Jim Mackey, Chief Executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of NHS Improvement.

NHS Improvement is the product of a merger of Monitor, the NHS financial regulator, and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

The new body is intended to “drive and support both urgent improvements at the frontline and the long term sustainability of the healthcare system”.

Ed Smith, Chairman-designate of NHS Improvement, said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Jim Mackey as the Chief Executive of NHS Improvement. He was the unanimous choice of the appointments panel.

“He has an exceptional track record in delivering change in the health sector, with 25 years’ experience in the NHS. He joins us from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust where he has been Chief Executive for the last ten years.

“Jim will draw on this extensive experience of improving services for patients in leading NHS Improvement and will build a great team around him and strong collaborations across the NHS and care systems.”

Speaking of his move Jim Mackey said: “It has been a huge privilege to lead Northumbria Healthcare through its most successful time as an NHS foundation trust. Over the years, I have worked with so many caring and dedicated members of staff and every day have been humbled to see them all go above and beyond the call of duty to provide excellent care to patients.

“This is without doubt a difficult time for the NHS. We collectively need to improve NHS services for patients and the local communities we serve, alongside being more efficient and effective in our use of the NHS pound.

“The gap between the quality of care provided within the NHS must be reduced, and our grip on managing our business and finance must be improved. This will be my priority and focus for the coming years ahead and I look forward to working with health partners across the NHS and social care to support a more sustainable and integrated service for patients.”

Meanwhile the Government has been accused of burying NHS statistics that show the service hurtling towards an unprecedented £2bn deficit to avoid overshadowing the Tory party conference.

The Observer reports that a senior figure at the health service regulator Monitor said his organisation had been “leaned on” by Whitehall to delay its report, which shows that NHS finances are worsening.

Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said: “Jim Mackey is a well-respected and experienced leader and his appointment will be widely welcomed. He will need all his skills to work with the NHS in dealing with the unprecedented and growing challenges it faces, particularly the looming financial crisis, which will require a concerted effort from NHS Improvement and the other national bodies.

“It will also require the additional £8 billion the government has promised for the NHS to be made available sooner rather than later and extra funding to support the development of new models of care.”

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