21 December 2011
Macmillan Cancer Support’s Chief Executive Ciarán Devane has today been confirmed as Non Executive Director of the NHS Commissioning Board Authority. He will take up post on 1 January 2012.
Chair of Macmillan Cancer Support Julia Palca said:
‘We are delighted that Ciarán has been appointed as the new Non Executive Director of the NHS Commissioning Board Authority. Ciarán’s experience will ensure that patients’ voices are put at the heart of the clinical commissioning system and are heard.
‘Ciarán will undertake his Non Executive Director post for two days a month alongside his work as Macmillan’s Chief Executive. At Macmillan we have recently reviewed our corporate strategy and we have an enormous ambition, under the strong leadership of Ciarán, to reach and improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer and inspire millions of people to do the same.’
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Notes to Editors:
1. Ciarán Devane joined Macmillan Cancer Support in 2007. Formerly he worked for ICI, Gemini Consulting and served as Chairman of a major UK Housing Association. He has a first class honours in biochemical engineering from University College, Dublin, and a Masters Degree in international policy from George Washington University, Washington DC.
2. The NHS Commissioning Board’s central role will be to drive improvement in results for patients, ensuring a fair and comprehensive service across the country. It will also promote the NHS Constitution and champion the interests of patients, using choice and information to empower people to improve services.
Accountable to the Secretary of State via an annual mandate, the NHS Commissioning Board will be an independent, statutory body, free to determine its own organisational shape, structure and ways of working.
The Secretary of State will remain responsible for promoting a comprehensive health service; and retains the ultimate accountability for securing the provision of services, through his relationship with NHS bodies.
The NHS Commissioning Board will become officially operational subject to the Health and Social Care Bill.
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. More than one in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0800 500 800 for an information pack.