Imperial College Healthcare appoints transformation director

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has appointed Jeremy Butler as its first director of transformation. Jeremy has been an independent consultant since 2009, leading and supporting change projects in the NHS and in healthcare and other sectors in the UK and overseas.

Jeremy began his career in manufacturing before spending seven years in senior roles for management consultancies KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In the past decade as an independent consultant, he has worked on a wide range of projects, including most recently as lead for flow and integration programmes for healthcare organisations in Canada, and Australia and in the NHS.

The new transformation director post has been created to respond to the need for better co-ordination and strategic leadership of change within the Trust in order to achieve the improvements that will have most benefit for patients, our local community and staff.

Jeremy will provide advice, oversight and support to colleagues leading change projects across the organisation as well as directly running a number of major developments. The focus will be on both helping to achieve the Trust’s long term vision of ‘better health, for life’ and nearer term goals for quality, operational and financial improvement. He reports to the chief executive and is a member of the executive management team.

The new transformation function will have a small, core staff team delivering and supporting change projects through matrix style working with existing teams. The transformation director will work closely with the associate medical directors for improvement, helping to target the improvement team’s expertise in improvement methodology and building improvement capability where it is most needed.

Chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Professor Tim Orchard, said: “Over the past three years, we have really begun to embed a culture of continuous improvement across the Trust and have made some great progress. Jeremy’s extensive track record of helping organisations like ours drive and coordinate strategic improvement will be invaluable as we now look to make a step change in our development.”

Jeremy said: “It’s a privilege to be working in an organisation with such expertise, commitment and aspiration. The Trust’s five hospitals deliver some excellent clinical outcomes and lead innovation in many aspects of care and treatment even with the current backdrop of significant financial and estate issues.

"I’m really looking forward to supporting our clinicians and managers to identify and implement improvements that enable us to find sustainable ways to overcome these challenges and to achieve even more for our patients and local community.”