Amanda Pritchard began her role as the new head of the NHS in England on 1 August, taking over from Lord Stevens. Pritchard has been chief operating officer of NHS England and chief executive of NHS Improvement since 2019.
Pritchard has held several key roles across the health service, including running the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust in London, and as chief executive of NHS Improvement. She joined the NHS through the graduate management training scheme in 1997. As chief operating officer of NHS England, she oversaw the operational performance of the health service as well as the implementation of service transformation and improvements in patient care.