Ben joined NHS Improvement in June 2016. Before that, Ben was Director of the NHS Group at the Department of Health, with responsibility for managing the Department of Health’s relationship with NHS England and NHS Improvement and helping Ministers develop policy in a number of key areas including NHS provider policy, primary care, devolution and clinical priorities.
From 2010, as Director of Commissioning Policy for the Department, Ben led work on the NHS commissioning reforms. He went on to take up a Director role in NHS England when it was established in April 2013, leading on its primary care strategy and helping to shape new approaches to commissioning.
Ben joined the Department of Health in 1991 and has worked across a wide range of areas supporting Ministers in developing health and social care policy. From 2007 to 2012, Ben also led the Department’s work to champion improvements in health and healthcare for people with learning disabilities.
Executive Director of Strategy, NHS Improvement
From 1 April 2016, NHS Improvement brings together Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Patient Safety, the National Reporting and Learning System, the Advancing Change Team and the Intensive Support Teams.
NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts and NHS trusts, as well as independent providers that provide NHS-funded care. It offers the support these providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable.
By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, NHS Improvement will help the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.