Jim Easton is currently National Director of Improvement and Efficiency at the Department of Health. He is a member of the NHS National Commissioning Board with responsibility for Strategy, reporting to Sir David Nicholson, and led the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) project currently working across the NHS to improve both quality and efficiency.
He was previously Chief Executive of the NHS South Central Strategic Health Authority, with oversight of the performance and development of all types of healthcare for four million people in the South of England. Prior to this he was the Chief Executive Officer of York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Jim has more than 20 years’ experience as an executive in the NHS and has also worked in primary care, mental health, healthcare commissioning and policy development.
Mike Parish, Care UK Chief Executive, said, “As one of the most respected leaders of the NHS and an international authority on quality and innovation, Jim will bring to Care UK enormous experience and expertise. I am absolutely delighted that he has agreed to join us at a key stage in the development of our healthcare organisation.
“Our aim is to support NHS commissioners with their challenge to provide high quality care whilst managing economic pressures, with the key being to ensure patients receive access to the right care in the right place when they need it. Jim’s experience, in particular his focus on QIPP, will ensure that as a provider we are always strongly focused on providing such smart and integrated services.”
Jim Easton said, “I’m delighted to be able to lead and shape the healthcare services through which Care UK supports the NHS. I believe that providers need to do everything to deliver both efficiency and quality across the NHS and I’m excited to be joining an organisation and a team which has the capability to make a difference.”
The appointment has been made in line with the normal arrangements, including Cabinet Office approval, for senior Department of Health staff moving to roles in the independent sector.