Provider bulletin: 4 September 2019

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Hello, my name is Amanda Pritchard. I am the new Chief Operating Officer for the NHS, and am also the Chief Executive of NHS Improvement. It is a pleasure to introduce the NHS Provider Bulletin for the first time.

As many of you will know, I recently joined NHS England and NHS Improvement from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, where I was Chief Executive for the past three years.

In my new role, I am keen to get out and about across the whole of our NHS to meet as many of you as possible, and hear your ideas for how we can deliver the NHS Long Term plan together and continue to improve care for our patients.

This week, I will be attending NHS Expo in Manchester and I look forward to hearing views, insights and challenges from people working right across the country.

I am conscious that this is a very exciting, but also a very challenging time for the NHS. We have a real opportunity to come together collaboratively to plan and deliver a different kind of health service for the future, focused on prevention, integration and continuous improvement. At the same time though, we will all be aware that many of our patients are waiting longer for urgent and emergency care, elective care and cancer treatment than they should, and we face a collective challenge to increase access to mental health services and improve care for people with learning disabilities. There are major pressures in primary care and commissioning is going through a series of important changes as we move to greater local system working. All this against, of course, the backdrop of EU Exit, winter and numerous other local priorities and challenges.

In my first few weeks in this role I’ve been really struck by the level of commitment from everyone I’ve met, and I wanted to say how grateful I am for the work that you have all done and will continue to do during what we can expect to be a particularly busy few months.

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