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NHS England Chair re-appointed

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant has been re-appointed as Chair of NHS England from 31 October 2015 for three years.

Sir Malcolm originally took up the post in 2011 as founding chairman of the NHS Commissioning Board, which subsequently changed its name to NHS England in 2013.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says: “Sir Malcolm’s capability and expertise have been invaluable over the past four years as the vision of strategic commissioning has become a reality.

“I look forward to continuing to work with him as we equip the NHS to face the challenges of the future – by building the safest, most patient-centred and most efficient healthcare system in the world.”

The current deputy chair, Ed Smith, is stepping down following his appointment as the joint chair of Monitor and chair-designate of the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA). The new jointly-led Monitor and TDA will be called NHS Improvement.

Sir Malcolm’s appointment will continue to involve a time commitment of around two days a week.

The appointment is made in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies, issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Appointments are made on merit and political activity played no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Sir Malcolm has not declared any political activity.