• Nineteen job adverts have been posted for national clinical directors
  • Interviews expected to take place in next two months

NHS England and NHS Improvement have advertised all national clinical director and adviser posts as part of their effective merger.

NHS England, which currently has 19 clinical directors, told HSJ: “All national clinical director and national speciality adviser roles have been advertised as part of a planned recruitment exercise, as all current contracts are coming to an end.

“Post-holders can apply and interviews will take place over the next couple of months, after which appointments will be confirmed.”

The posts are typically offered as three-year part-time secondments.

The move follows the effective merger of NHSE and NHSI in April this year.

The adverts say: “The role of the national clinical directors is to provide specialist clinical advice and leadership for NHS England and NHS Improvement in these respects; clinical advice and leadership to drive transformation of services for patients through corporate programmes and long-term plan workstreams; clinical advice and leadership to support the commissioning of services; and clinical advice to support development of policy and Parliamentary accountability.”

The current national clinical directors and the areas they cover are: 

  • Chris Harrison - cancer;
  • Jacqueline Cornish - children, young people and transition to adulthood;
  • Matt Kearney - cardiovascular disease prevention;
  • Alistair Burns - dementia and older people’s mental health;
  • Tony Newman-Sanders - diagnostics and imaging;
  • Bob Winter - emergency preparedness & critical care;
  • Bee Wee - end of life care;
  • Huon Gray - heart disease;
  • Jean O’Hara- learning disabilities;
  • Matthew Jolly - maternity review and women’s health;
  • Tim Kendall - mental health;
  • Peter Kay - musculoskeletal services;
  • Jonathan Valabhji - obesity and diabetes;
  • Martin Vernon - older people;
  • Mike Morgan - respiratory services;
  • Tony Rudd - stroke;
  • Chris Moran - trauma; and
  • Jonathan Benger - urgent care.

Update: This story was updated at 09:15 on 31 May to add Martin Vernon, who had been left off the original list of current directors.