Ciarán Devane confirmed as Non-Executive Director of NHS Commissioning Board Authority

Published on Wednesday, 21 December 2011 10:34
Posted by Matthew Abbott

Ciarán Devane is today confirmed as Non Executive Director of the NHS Commissioning Board Authority. He will take up post on 1 January 2012.

 As Chief Exective of Macmillian Cancer Support, Ciarán has a very strong healthcare background plus extensive senior level management experience.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

"Ciarán Devane has a strong track record of success and a passionate commitment to improving care for patients. I am delighted that he is bringing his unrivalled expertise to this important role. I am confident that he is the right person for the job.”

Chair of the NHS Commissioning Board Authority, Professor Malcolm Grant said:

"Ciarán Devane's appointment is great news and I am looking forward to working with him when he joins us in the New Year. I am sure that he will be a strong source of knowledge and advice as we continue our work with colleagues to develop the NHS Commissioning Board and clinical commissioning system."

The NHS Commissioning Board’s central role will be to drive improvement in results for patients, ensuring a fair and comprehensive service across the country. It will also promote the NHS Constitution and champion the interests of patients, using choice and information to empower people to improve services.

Accountable to the Secretary of State via an annual mandate, the NHS Commissioning Board will be an independent, statutory body, free to determine its own organisational shape, structure and ways of working.The Secretary of State will remain responsible for promoting a comprehensive health service; and retains the ultimate accountability for securing the provision of services, through his relationship with NHS bodies.

The NHS Commissioning Board will become officially operational subject to the Health and Social Care Bill.

Source: Department of Health

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