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NHS England vanguard director to step down in May


5 April 2017

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The director of NHS England’s vanguard programme, Samantha Jones, has announced today that she will leave her position at the end of May.

Ms Jones has led the new care models programme since it launched two years ago with the purpose of testing new ways to run services.

In a statement today she said the decision to stand down was personal, and that she had done so in order to begin a new career and to spend more time with her young children.

The director of NHS England’s vanguard programme, Samantha Jones, has announced today that she will leave her position at the end of May.

Ms Jones has led the new care models programme since it launched two years ago with the purpose of testing new ways to run services.

In a statement today she said the decision to stand down was personal, and that she had done so in order to begin a new career and to spend more time with her young children.

'It has been a privilege to see how the changes being delivered are making tangible differences to the lives of patients, carers and families across the country,' said Jones.

Last week saw the publication of the ‘Next Steps in the Five Year Forward View’. The report highlighted two vanguards that have seen lower growth in emergency hospital admissions than the rest of England.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, highlighted Sam’s contribution to the vanguard programme.

He said: ‘They are starting to deliver valuable and important development work, and it is vital that these initiatives come to full fruition.

‘Sam’s thoughtful and effective leadership has helped to ensure that this programme is different to others that have preceded it, and stands a better chance of achieving lasting success.’

Louise Watson, deputy director for the programme, will take over her role.

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