01 July 2020

The former chief executive of the Scottish NHS and head of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Derek Feeley has joined ELFT as an advisor to the Board and executive.

Chief executive Dr Navina Evans CBE said: ‘Derek’s appointment represents a real coup for the Trust and will help ELFT go from strength-to-strength’.

Derek will be known to many staff members through his work with ELFT for the IHI in recent years.

He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. He was Director-General for Health and Social Care in the Scottish Government and Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. In that role he was the principal advisor to the Scottish Government on health and health care policy and on public service improvement. He also provided leadership to NHS Scotland’s 140,000 staff in their delivery of high-quality health and health care.

Derek recently stepped down as President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to return home to Scotland. He had previously served as IHI’s Executive Vice President from 2013 to 2015. During his time with the IHI, Derek had executive-level responsibility for driving IHI’s strategy to improve health and health care in 28 countries across six continents.

Derek was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of his services to health and health care.

His role with ELFT is to provide strategic guidance to the Executive Management Team and Board about the development and improvement of the Trust. Derek will help broaden the understanding of integrated care, the Triple Aim and possible business models.

Derek said: ‘I have worked with ELFT for a number of years and if there’s one role I relish now that I’ve stepped down from my role with the IHI, it is to continue my work with ELFT to help it on its journey to innovate and improve even further for the benefit of service users and local people.’

In welcoming his appointment, Navina said: ‘ELFT’s work with the IHI is one of the reasons why this Trust is held in high regard. Derek has been key to that relationship and we are delighted that he has chosen to continue to work with us to provide ‘wise counsel’ and act as a sounding board and provide unbiased insights and ideas from a third point of view.’

Derek took up his role with ELFT on July 1st.