ORGANISATION: Professor Lord Darzi, the former health minister, is to chair a review of Imperial College Healthcare Trust’s Academic Health Science Centre “and advise on its future direction”, documents seen by the HSJ reveal.

The announcement came in a private board meeting in June held by Imperial College Healthcare Trust, the papers for which were revealed under a freedom of information act request. Lord Darzi was instrumental in establishing the centre, and four others in England.

The chief executive’s report for June said: “The steering board has been commissioned to review the success of the AHSC since its foundation and advise on its future direction.

“The steering board will submit its report to the council of Imperial College London, the board of the Imperial College Healthcare and the strategic health authority in the autumn. Lord Darzi will also consult with other academic centres and healthcare providers about developing and growing teaching, research and healthcare links for the benefit of a broader network of healthcare providers in north west London.”

It added he will remain chair of the Institute for Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.

Professor Stephen Smith announced he was standing down as joint chief executive of the trust and pro rector (health) at Imperial College London in April.

The trust finished 2010-11 with its accounts qualified by its auditors after missing its saving targets for the year by £30m

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