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Mark Britnell

  • Last modified date:
    11 March 2008

Mark Britnell is the Director General of Commissioning and System Management at the Department of Health.

Mark was educated at Warwick University and graduated from the fast track Management Training Scheme for the NHS in 1991 after working in private and public hospitals in Australia.

He was seconded to the Department of Health as a fast streamer in the civil service before joining St Mary’s NHS Trust as General Manager for surgical services across four hospital sites.

In 1995 he became an Executive Director at Central Middlesex Hospital, and was also the Project Director for Ambulatory Care and Diagnostic PFI Scheme – the first of its kind in the UK.

In 1998, Mark joined University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) as Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive before becoming Chief Executive in 2000. UHB became a first wave Foundation Trust in 2004 and Mark signed one of the largest PFI deals in the NHS to give Birmingham its first new teaching hospital in nearly a century.

In June 2006 Mark was appointed to South Central Strategic Health Authority (SHA), one of the ten new SHAs. He took on the role of Director General for Commissioning and System Management at the Department of Health in the Summer of 2007.

Mark also sits on the Advisory Board of the National Consumer Council, he is a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund and, until recently, was a Non-Executive Director of Dr Foster. Mark helped develop the NHS Plan in 2000 and is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Health Service Management Centre at the University of Birmingham.

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