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Former Department of Health 18-week target guru takes charge of NHS Direct

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NHS Direct announced today that Nick Chapman, the Department of Health’s national director of the 18 weeks programme, has been appointed the new chief executive.

Mr Chapman has worked for the NHS for nearly 30 years in managerial roles in hospitals and local trusts.

Over the last four years, while on secondment to the Department of Health as national director of the 18 weeks programme, waiting times for elective care and diagnostic services were transformed.

Following announcement of his appointment, Mr Chapman said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be offered this opportunity to lead NHS Direct, which has enviable track record in supporting NHS organisations and delivering high quality services to patients.’

Mr Chapman’s start date is yet to be agreed, with Paula Higson, chief operating officer acting as interim chief executive until his arrival.

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