NHS England director appointed to lead integrated care system

Louise Watson has taken on the role of managing director at the Buckinghamshire ICS, which was one of eight systems announced by Simon Stevens last summer.

She is currently director of NHS England’s new care models vanguard programme. She is stepping down from this role but will continue to work part-time for NHS England in an advisory capacity to help support the development of other ICSs.

In her new role, she will be accountable to the Buckinghamshire’s partnership board of chief executives from all the organisations involved in the ICS: Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern clinical commissioning groups; Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust; Buckinghamshire County Council; Oxford Health Foundation Trust; South Central Ambulance Service FT; and the GP federation FedBucks.

Ms. Watson took over the NHS England director role from Sam Jones in May 2017. Prior to that, she had previously been deputy director of the programme. She has over 20 years’ NHS experience during which time she has held board level roles at commissioners and providers.

Ms. Watson said: “Buckinghamshire’s health and social care services are facing exciting yet challenging times. Staff from all organisations in Buckinghamshire have demonstrated their passion and enthusiasm for change, putting us in a great position to drive forward all our ambitions, providing the best health and care outcomes for the residents of Buckinghamshire.” Her start date has not been given.

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