National Director of Improvement and Efficiency

Jim Easton is National Director of Improvement and Efficiency.

With more than 20 years’ experience as an executive in the NHS, Jim is leading on changes to the NHS in delivering its quality and efficiency commitments through a greater focus on quality, innovation, productivity and prevention.

Previously Jim was Chief Executive of NHS South Central, the part of the UK health system that oversees the performance and development of all types of health care for 4 million people in the South of England. Prior to this he was the Chief Executive Officer of York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Jim has also worked in primary care, mental health, healthcare commissioning and policy development. Jim’s particular interest is in the leadership role in quality improvement and he is regularly invited to speak internationally on this subject, on which he is also currently finalising a doctoral thesis.

Working to the NHS Chief Executive David Nicholson, Jim was appointed as the NHS National Director of Improvement and Efficiency in 2009.

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