James joined the NHS from university in 1987 as a management trainee. Over the next 20 years he held a number of NHS managerial posts in the North East of England, including managing a rural General Hospital, and being a Director in a Primary Care Trust. In January 2007 James became the Chief Executive of St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Throughout his career, James has concentrated on working with clinicians to innovate and develop services for patients and their families. James has been a Trustee of the former Children’s Hospices UK, now Together for Short Lives, since 2009. He is also the (unpaid) Chairman of a local social enterprise (“First Contact Clinical”), which seeks to alleviate health deprivation in disadvantaged communities.
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