NHS Improvement is to take on responsibility for the Carter review with the creation of a new directorate of up to 100 staff.

An email to staff on Friday said Jeremy Marlow, who currently heads the Carter review team at the Department of Health, will join NHS improvement on a two year secondment as executive director of operational productivity.

Lord Carter

Lord Carter

Lord Carter is a non-executive member of NHSI’s board

The directorate will be made up of a combination of existing staff from across the DH and NHSI. It is estimated to have between 75 and 100 staff.

Shifting the Carter review work to NHSI follows the appointment of Lord Carter as a non-executive member on the regulator’s board.

Dr Marlow has previously worked at the Treasury, the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, the Cabinet Office and a number of Whitehall departments.

Jim Mackey, chief executive of NHSI, said: “I welcome Jeremy to NHS Improvement. He has extensive experience at the heart of government and working with front-line public services and will be continuing the work he has been doing at the Department of Health on the Carter review.

“The Carter review offers the NHS a real opportunity to deliver the care patients want in the most efficient way possible. His team will become a real resource for the whole NHS to use.”

Jeremy Marlow said: “I’m very pleased and excited to be given this opportunity at NHS Improvement to lead the implementation of Lord Carter’s review in to NHS operational productivity and performance.

“Despite the fact the efficiencies and productivity improvements required are some of the biggest the NHS has ever delivered, I’m determined that they will also lead to better clinical outcomes and patient experience.

“From what I have seen working with health care professionals over the past year I am also confident that the dedication and commitment exists within the service to achieve it.”