NHS England has chosen a successor to Rosamond Roughton, national director for primary care delivery, who announced her departure earlier this year.
Dominic Hardy, director of commissioning operations in Wessex, has been appointed to the role and will take over from Ms Roughton in October.
NHS England said Ms Roughton is taking a career break and is expected to return to NHS England in January 2019.
Mr Hardy’s brief includes responsibility for primary care, delivering targets set out in the Next Steps for the Five Year Forward View, and delivering the General Practice Forward View and plans set out for public health.
He will be responsible for “expanding the GP workforce, delivering improvements to primary care facilities, supporting technology implementation and creating more diverse teams to support staff and patients”.
Matthew Swindells, national director of operations and information at NHS England, said: “Dominic has a proven track record of managing complex projects and partnership working that will take forward our plans to ensure that primary care remains the cornerstone of the NHS, and attracts high quality staff whilst being able to respond to the changing demands of patients and communities.
“Under Ros Roughton’s stewardship we have taken made significant strides including in launching the GP Forward View and overseeing additional investment into primary care. I am grateful to Ros for her work and look forward to seeing her back in NHS England in the future.”
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, added: “Ros has been a sound, critical friend of the college during her time at NHS England – challenging but supportive, and always a champion of the vital role played by general practitioners in the modern NHS. I have admired her efficiency and her ability to get things done.”