Health

NHS England appoints its first female Chief Executive

Amanda Pritchard has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of NHS England. Her appointment was approved by Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday (28 July 2021). She is the first woman to hold the role, which she will take up on 1 August 2021. As Chief Executive, she will be responsible for a budget of £130 billion [1]. Her appointment follows a competitive recruitment process by the Board of NHS England and NHS Improvement.

What will the UK Health Security Agency do?

On 18 August 2020, the Government announced the creation of a new public health organisation, then called the National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP), that would replace and combine the responsibilities of Public Health England (PHE), NHS Test and Trade, and the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC).

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