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10 January 2024

Chief Quality Officer, Dr Amar Shah, is First National Clinical Director for Improvement

NHS England announced on 10 January 2024 that Chief Quality Officer, Dr Amar Shah, will be the First National Clinical Director for Improvement for the NHS
Dr Amar Shah

The National Clinical Director role is a part-time secondment to NHS England, which will lead to the adoption and application of quality improvement across the health and care system in England. Dr Shah will continue in his Chief Quality Officer role at ELFT, with its focus on leadership of quality, performance, data and analytics, strategy and planning.

Interim Chief Executive, Lorraine Sunduza, said, "I would like to extend my congratulations to Amar on being appointed to this key role at NHS England. Amar has been a key agent for change in guiding our improvement journey at ELFT over the last 12 years. I wish Amar every success in this important and influential role."

Dr Shah has been working at a national level for some time, leading the design and delivery of large-scale improvement programmes in the field of mental health, through his role as national improvement lead at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych).  

He said, “I am delighted to be taking up the first National Clinical Director role for improvement across the NHS. It’s a sign of the growing appetite and evidence-base for the application of improvement in tackling our most complex quality challenges in health and care. Our QI work at ELFT has played an important role in building this case over the last decade, and I’m committed to continuing to lead and strengthen our approach to quality at ELFT, whilst taking on this additional role.