US health guru gets NHS England role

19 Oct 15

NHS England has recruited Dr Donald Berwick, a former senior health official under Barack Obama in the United States, to help develop new models of care across the country.

Berwick, currently a senior fellow at the US-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will participate in a series of events organised with the King’s Fund think-tank to help the vanguard projects develop effective leadership for system transformation.

NHS England vanguard schemes include projects to collaborate across hospitals to better integrate care as part of the Five Year Forward View, and plans for health and social care collaboration.

Berwick’s role will include working with organisations across the NHS in order to support improvement of care, outcomes, and costs within the NHS in England.

Samantha Jones, director of NHS England’s New Care Models Programme, said: “The vanguards have asked us to support them in developing leadership capability and to help them learn from international experts. We’re delighted to have teamed up with the King’s Fund and Don to put this in place.”

King’s Fund chief executive Chris Ham said Berwick had unrivalled international experience. As well as working as administrator in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Obama, Berwick led a 2013 NHS patient safety review.

“His work with the vanguard sites, and his interactions with other organisations in England, will benefit the wider health service as it grapples with how to develop new models of care built around the needs of patients,” Ham added.

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