New post for health chief

Published on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 09:47
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Derek Feeley, the Director General for Health and Social Care in the Scottish Government and the Chief Executive of NHS Scotland, is to take up a new position as Executive Vice-President of the not-for-profit Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the United States.

In his new role, Mr Feeley will lead IHI's work to deliver innovative approaches to health and healthcare improvement around the world, building on Scotland's ground-breaking Patient Safety Programme.

Detailed arrangements for his departure - and how his post will be filled - will be confirmed in due course by the Permanent Secretary.

Mr Feeley said:

"I have really enjoyed working in the health directorates and with the NHS in Scotland over the last nine years or so. In particular, it has been a privilege to have held my current job since 2010.

"I would like to thank my colleagues in Government and in the health service for all of their help and support over the years. It is a great honour to be offered this opportunity with IHI as they work to make health and care better across the world."

Health Secretary Alex Neil said:

"I would like to pay tribute to Derek for driving forward improvements in the NHS through his visible leadership, foresight and dedication. He has made a major contribution to health and healthcare in Scotland and I have no doubt he will bring the same drive to his new role."

Maureen Bisognano, President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, said:

"We are delighted Derek Feeley is joining IHI and bringing deep experience with healthcare quality improvement across an entire country. Under Mr Feeley's leadership, NHS Scotland has made notable systems-level progress in patient safety and quality – and those key learnings are crucial to the challenges now facing health care around the world.

"Mr Feeley will be responsible for IHI's growing international work and will further drive the organization's leadership in quality, cost and value, population health, patient engagement, safety science, and improvement capability."

Permanent Secretary Peter Housden said:

"Derek has been an outstanding leader of the health service in Scotland. He has a broad knowledge of public services and his immense reserves of drive and passion for quality have seen very substantial improvements in services in testing times. He will be much missed and deserves every congratulations in securing this significant international position."


Mr Feeley has worked in government service for over 30 years. He first worked in health in 2004 when he worked on the Kerr Report that shaped a new direction for the NHS in Scotland. He was a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy in the United States in 2005-06 and was Director of Healthcare Policy and Strategy before taking on his current role in 2010. He will leave his post in August 2013.

Source: Scottish Government

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