Sir Bruce Keogh to leave NHS England role

After ten years Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has announced that, at the end of 2017, he will stand down as NHS England’s Medical Director.

Between 2007 and 2003 Professor Keogh served as medical director of the NHS in England, becoming NHS England's first medical director when the body was formed in 2013.  He is responsible in his role for promoting clinical leadership, quality and innovation.

Professor Keogh leaves NHS England to take up the role of Chair of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust.  The Trust was formed in February 2017, following the merger of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.

The search for a successor to Professor Keogh will be run by NHS England, although they have not yet provided details on when it will begin.

Professor Keogh said: “By the end of this year I will have served as national medical director for a decade.  It has been and continues to be a huge privilege.  But the time must come to make a change and I now have the opportunity to focus my attention on improving services for women and children in my home city.  I am really looking forward to it.”

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England said: “Bruce has given superb medical leadership to the NHS and has been a great source of wisdom and advice to us all”.

The NHS England announcement can be read here and the Health Service Journal article can be accessed here.

Page published: Fri 7 April 2017

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