Director - New Care Models Programme, NHS, England
Samantha Jones was appointed by NHS England as director - New Care Models Programme in January 2015 and is leading on the implementation of the new care models outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View. This includes launching 50 vanguards which are taking the lead on the developing new care models which will act as the blueprints for the NHS. In 2014, Samantha was named as the Health Service Journal's (HSJ) Chief Executive of the Year, and West Hertfordshire's 'Onion' was highly commended in the patient safety category of the same awards. 'Onion' was an initiative which focused on supporting staff to be open and transparent about concerns and empowered them to help address them. She previously worked in the independent sector before she was appointed chief executive of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust in February 2013. Having worked in a variety of operational management roles, and in the national clinical governance support team, she became the chief executive of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. Samantha started her NHS career as an adult and paediatric nurse and was a national management trainee.