Jeff James to take role with NHS in Wales
Jeff James, who resigned in October as chief executive of two local primary care trusts (PCTs), has accepted a new assignment with the NHS in Wales. From January 2012, James (pictured) will be programme director for the partnership of six South Wales health boards, working on a twelve month contract.
The Welsh Health Secretary has ordered all Wales’ health boards to draw up plans by November 2012 for sustainable health services. And James will be coordinating the southern partnership’s plans for those services which need a regional approach.
Jeff James was brought up in Wales and has previously worked in several capacities for the NHS in Wales. The British coalition government’s complete restructuring of the NHS under the Health and Social Care Bill applies only to the NHS in England.
Jeff James became chief executive of NHS Wiltshire in 2006, and earlier this year was named chief executive of the Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) PCT – ahead of the merging (or ‘clustering’) of the two PCTs as part of health secretary Andrew Lansley’s restructuring process.
The leadership of the ‘clustered’ NHS Wiltshire and NHS BANES for the final year of the current regime – assuming the Health and Social Care Bill becomes law – has still to be settled.