Health boss given bigger NHS role

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A REGIONAL healthcare leader has been picked to sit on a board that oversees how services are run in the area.

Andrea Young is deputy chief executive and chief operating officer for NHS South of England.

She has been appointed as the NHS National Commissioning Board’s regional director for the South of England.

Her new role means she is part of a reform of the commissioning board, which now has four regional directors.

They will provide leadership for the board across the regions, including co-ordination and oversight of local areas teams.

Andrea said: ‘I am delighted to have been appointed to this post.

‘I’m really looking forward to helping to shape a commissioning system for the health service that improves outcomes for patients.’

The NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority was set up in October last year.