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16th May 2014

NHS Wales: new NHS head and director for health and social services announced

Dr Andrew Goodall has been appointed as the Welsh Government’s new Director General for Health and Social Services and Chief Executive of NHS Wales, the Permanent Secretary, Sir Derek Jones announced today (May 16).

During his 23 years in the NHS Dr Goodall has worked in a number of planning and operational positions across South Wales.

He has been an NHS Chief Executive for nine years, taking up the role in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in June 2009.

As well as local responsibilities, he has led a number of national programmes and initiatives, including regional service changes, effective services for vulnerable people, quality initiatives for the 1000 Lives programme and unscheduled care. Most recently he has supported a Ministerial Review into the handling of complaints, which is due to report shortly.

In his new role, Dr Goodall will head up the Welsh Government’s Department for Health and Social Services, and will be responsible and accountable to the Minister for Health and Social Services and Deputy Minister for Social Services for all health, public health and social care policy in Wales. In addition, he will also serve as Chief Executive of NHS Wales.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford welcomed the appointment saying: "I am pleased to welcome Dr Goodall to the role of Director General, Health and Social Services and NHS Wales Chief Executive. He has a wealth of experience at all levels across NHS Wales and has shown that he can lead successful organisations, delivering improvements in performance and care. This experience will be essential in sustaining improvements across NHS Wales."

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