NHS England vaccine chief to head up new number 10 delivery unit

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  • Emily Lawson, NHS England chief commercial officer, has been appointed to head up the government’s new delivery unit
  • Ms Lawson has led the national vaccination programme for NHS England
  • Due to take up her new government post in the summer

NHS England’s executive lead for the national vaccination programme is being appointed to head up Boris Johnson’s new delivery unit.

Emily Lawson, NHSE chief commercial officer, will make the switch from her current role this summer, in what is understood to be an open-ended secondment arrangement.

The delivery unit was formed under Tony Blair to monitor and drive the government’s progress on campaign priorities but was abolished in October 2010 by the coalition government. Prime minister Boris Johnson’s plans to revive the unit were announced last week.

Ms Lawson was appointed to lead on NHS England’s vaccine delivery programme last autumn. Prior to this she was responsible officer for NHSE’ personal protective equipment [PPE] supply programme.

In a message to staff today, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: “Emily’s appointment is not just a huge personal achievement but a ringing endorsement of the NHS covid vaccination programme, the biggest in the history of the health service and fastest in Europe…

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Date: 21 April 2021