• Joint director at NHS Improvement and NHS England Tim Rideout stood down at the end of May
  • Mr Rideout was NHS England’s director of commissioning operations and delivery and improvement director for NHS Improvement in Cumbria and the north east
  • He was the first director to hold a joint regional role across both organisations

The first person to be appointed a joint regional director for NHS England and NHS Improvement has resigned “as planned” from his position.

Tim Rideout worked across Cumbria and the north east as NHS England’s director of commissioning operations and delivery and NHS Impimprovement’s regional director. He stood down on 31 May.

Mr Rideout took up the position at NHS England in 2015, and added the NHSI role in September last year. He was the first director to hold a joint regional position across both organisations.

He has previously been a primary care trust chief executive as well as holding positions at local health authorities and the Department of Health. 

NHS Improvement said Mr Ridoeut had stepped down from his joint position as “planned”, having ”fulfilled his intention to hold his NHS England post for a two year period, and allowing a level of stability to local NHS England and NHS Improvement teams and the wider health system.”

Mr Rideout’s role at NHS England will be filled by Alison Slater, deputy director of commissioning operations and director of delivery for NHS England in Cumbria and the north.

NHS Improvement said leadership for its Cumbria and north east team will be provided by other directors until they appoint someone to fill Mr Rideout’s position.

It is not clear whether his replacement at NHS Improvement will hold a joint position with NHS England.