A leading health official has been appointed to run a new department.
Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, has agreed to join NHS Improvement as their chief executive.
Jim has been chief executive for Northumbria Healthcare for more than ten years, previously holding a number of senior roles within the NHS and Regional Health Authority.
He will start making the transition from Northumbria Healthcare into NHS Improvement over the coming weeks and, working with the Board of Northumbria Healthcare, he will immediately work through revised management arrangements to cover his time with NHS Improvement.
Jim said: “It has been a huge privilege to lead Northumbria Healthcare through its most successful time as a NHS Foundation Trust.
“Over the years, I have worked with so many caring and dedicated members of staff and every day have been humbled to see them all go above and beyond the call of duty to provide excellent care to patients.
“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved over a number of years and, whilst I am excited by my new role, I will miss greatly all staff during my time away.
“This is without doubt a difficult time for the NHS. We collectively need to improve NHS services for patients and the local communities we serve, alongside being more efficient and effective.”
Brian Flood, chairman of Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We wish him every success within this new role and look forward to working with him again when he returns.”