• Dominic Hardy leaving NHSE/I’s primary care and system transformation team
  • Taking up a board post at a Home Counties foundation trust

NHS England and Improvement’s director of primary care and system transformation is leaving to become chief operating officer at a foundation trust.

Dominic Hardy told colleagues last week he will be leaving in the autumn to become COO at Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust.

Mr Hardy wrote: “The trust is my local hospital trust and this is a fantastic opportunity to work together with other colleagues in West Berkshire to help provide outstanding care for our community.

“I know I’m going to have a lot to learn, but I’ll equally take with me the valuable experience and insights I’ve gained from the work we have done together over the last two years.”

He added Amanda Pritchard, NHSE/I’s recently-appointed chief operating officer, would make further announcements about the primary care and system transformation team’s leadership in September.

Mr Hardy has been national director of primary care delivery since 2017. He combined this post with director of transforming health systems earlier this year.

His combined role gave him oversight of the development of integrated care systems. The NHS long-term plan said all areas should be covered by ICS by April 2021.

Mr Hardy is taking over from Mary Sherry at Royal Berkshire, who has been the FT’s COO for the past four years. Royal Berkshire’s chief executive Steve McManus said Mr Hardy will “play a key role in our integrated care partnership working with colleagues right across Berkshire”.