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Ian Dalton returns

As one of the biggest teaching trusts in the country, with a turnover of more than £1bn, Imperial College Healthcare Trust needs someone with serious leadership credentials to be its next chief executive.

Tracey Batten, who has led Imperial since April 2014, announced in January she would be returning to Australia this year to be near her family.

Multiple sources have told HSJ that Ian Dalton will be returning to the NHS to run the London trust, after three years as president of global government and health for BT Global Services.

Mr Dalton was chief operating officer and deputy chief executive of the NHS Commissioning Board before it became NHS England. Before that he was managing director of provider development at the Department of Health, where he was responsible for the foundation trust pipeline. He has also previously worked as chief executive of NHS North of England and of two hospital trusts.

Imperial is part of the Shelford Group of leading teaching hospital trusts and employs 10,000 people at several sites across west London. It has submitted a deficit plan of £41m to NHS Improvement for this financial year, and does not plan to draw on sustainability and transformation funding.

VAT risk for Manchester deal

Those leading the procurement of a single contract for out of hospital services in the city of Manchester will no doubt be mindful of the disastrous UnitingCare contract in Cambridgeshire.

One of the downfalls of the Cambridgeshire deal, which had similar aims to the Manchester contract, was an unexpected VAT bill due to the contract being held by a joint venture company rather than an NHS trust.

If the Manchester contract is held by a joint venture organisation, as appears to be a likely option, then VAT legislation could well be an issue.

Commissioners will therefore need to be absolutely clear on the VAT liabilities before the contract is awarded, and discussions are ongoing around this with HMRC, according to a “risk update” for the project.