Charity CEO joins NHS CB

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Pharma Appointment The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has appointed Neil Churchill as its first Director of Patient Experience.

Mr Churchill joins from Asthma UK, where he has served as Chief Executive since 2007. He is also currently a Non-Executive Director in NHS South of England.

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS CB, said the new recruit has a “fantastic amount of experience” and he will be a “great addition to the skilled and experienced staff we currently have.”

In his new role, Mr Churchill will be responsible for ensuring patient experience is at the heart of the system, to provide leadership for patient experience across the NHS and to take leadership responsibility for improvement of domain four of the NHS outcomes framework (patient experience).

“I am delighted to be joining the NHS Commissioning Board at this time of change, when there is real commitment and drive to put the patient at the centre of decision-making,” commented Mr Churchill. “We need to make sure that every patient receives safe, compassionate care but we also have the opportunity to forge a new partnership with patients which can improve productivity as well as health outcomes.”

Prior to joining Asthma UK, Churchill worked for a number of organisations in the voluntary sector, including Barnardo’s, Age Concern and Crisis.