New medical director for NHS England

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Professor Stephen Powis has been appointed as new national medical director replacing the outgoing Sir Bruce Keogh.

Currently group chief medical officer at the Royal Free London NHS FT, Stephen is expected to join in early 2018.

He previously served as a CCG board member and is a practicing hospital consultant, as well as a professor of renal medicine at University College London and chief clinical information officer at the Royal Free Trust.

“I feel tremendously privileged to be taking on the role of NHS England national medical director, providing a clear clinical voice and vision for the NHS and working with the medical profession to achieve that,” he said.

“I am particularly humbled to be taking over from Sir Bruce Keogh who has done so much to put quality at the heart of all we do. My task is to ensure we remain relentlessly focussed on health improvement and achieving the best possible outcomes for our patients.”

In response, Keogh said: “It has been an honour to serve as national medical director for the past decade. Having worked with Stephen, I know he will be a standard bearer for clinical excellence, professionalism and patient centred care.”

Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive, said: “He brings first-hand experience of frontline care as well as a practical track record of driving major innovation and service improvement.”

Published 16th November, 2017

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