The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has appointed Dr Stephen Dunn, regarded as the architect of the groundbreaking Hinchingbrooke contract, as one of its directors of development and delivery.
The NHS TDA has been established to manage and develop NHS organisations that do not receive foundation trust status next year.
Dunn, currently director of policy and strategy at NHS Midlands and East, was a driving force in the deal that allowed Circle to manage Hinchingbrooke Hospital, the first time a private partner has run an NHS Hospital.
Since taking control of Hinchingbrooke, Circle claims that care and waiting times have been improved.
In light of Dunn’s support of private partners, his appointment to the board of directors at the NHS TDA could signal a future shift towards more NHS hospitals being managed by independent sector firms.