The chief executive of South Warwickshire Foundation Trust has joined a new emergency support team set up by the national regulators and the Department of Health.

Glen Burley will take on the senior responsible officer role for one day a week for the Emergency Care Improvement Programme.

Mr Burley will continue in his chief executive role.

Glen Burley

Glen Burley will be responsible for the overall direction of the emergency care programme

The programme was set up to support 27 areas that are struggling with poor accident and emergency performance.

Mr Burley will be responsible for the overall direction of the programme alongside ECIP’s medical director, Vincent Connolly.

He will head up the senior management team and provide help and support to the local teams delivering the work.

He will be accountable for delivery of the programme to the chief executives of Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority and NHS England, and will report on the work of the team to the health secretary.

ECIP was set up to focus on the winter months to help systems improve their emergency performance.

The programme will encourage systems to adopt evidence based improvements that are “proven to work”, its leaders have said.

These include good consultant leadership in an emergency department, early assessment and intervention for frail elderly patients, and ambulatory emergency care to avoid admissions where possible.