Ed Smith to step down as Chair

Our Chair, Ed Smith, has today announced that he will be retiring from his role in the summer.

In his capacity as Chair of Monitor and of the NHS Trust Development Authority, Ed was appointed in July 2015 to oversee the creation of NHS Improvement, which was officially launched on 1 April  2016. He has built NHS Improvement into a strong organisation with a clear purpose and an excellent reputation.

Building on his previous four years on the Board of NHS England, he has also bought a climate of collaboration across a previously fragmented national NHS leadership.
Jim Mackey, whom Ed appointed as Chief Executive in November 2015, is on a two year secondment to NHS Improvement. Ed has taken the decision to stand down now and allow a new Chair to be appointed in time to lead the search for a successor Chief Executive.   

Ed’s term had been due to expire on 31 July 2018. Further information about the process for a successor for Ed will be announced by the Department of Health in due course.

I am proud that, together with an outstanding Chief Executive, we have been able to get NHS Improvement up and running and delivering real positive change for the patients who rely on the NHS.

Following Jim as Chief Executive will be no easy task, so I am clear that it is right for  a new chair who will lead the organisation into the future to make that appointment.

Ed Smith

I am extremely grateful for Ed’s hard work, dedication and commitment to improving the NHS and patients outcomes.

As Chair Ed Smith has overseen the establishment of NHS Improvement which has already driven countless improvements in care for patients across the NHS.  Under his leadership the care and performance of a number of trusts has been transformed through our special measures programme.

Philip Dunne MP, Minister of State at the Department of Health

Ed has been a fantastic first Chair of NHS Improvement and, in quite a short space of time, has established himself as a huge presence in the NHS - trusted and valued across the sector.

His strong values drive everything he does and that is apparent in this decision. He has been a huge support to me personally and I know from his incredible schedule that he provides similar support to many, many others.

We will miss him greatly when he goes, but I am sure we will all continue to feel his presence. We all wish Ed all the best in his next endeavour.

Jim Mackey, Chief Executive of NHS Improvement

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