Jim Mackey has confirmed that he is only in his job as chief executive of NHS Improvement on a two year secondment.

Mr Mackey told HSJ he could “absolutely not” see any problems with the fact that he was only in the job temporarily, arguing that it was a “better position for everybody”.

He took up the job as chief executive designate of NHS Improvement in late 2015, before the organisation’s predecessor bodies, Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority, had formally begun operating under the new name.

He was previously chief executive of the high-performing Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust.

Asked about the fact that he was in his new role on a temporary basis, Mr Mackey said: “I think it’s a better position for everybody.

“It’s similar to the position Pauline Phillip has got on emergency care, and Cally Palmer has got in cancer.

“We’re actually building it in our biz model, we’re going to have chief executive leads on various things in the regions.

“I don’t see how it’s a downside. I’m going to throw myself at this with absolutely everything I’ve got. I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I’m a provider at heart, but I’ve stepped up and I’m going to have a right go.”

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