One of the leading experts in procurement has moved government departments in order to become the new commercial director at the Department of Health.
Belinda Johnson had previously worked at a commercial director for the Department of Transport, but has now brought this five-year stay in this post to an end.
The Department of Health has officially confirmed the appointment of Johnson, who is expected to bring a wealth of experience to the role.
Indeed, the esteemed individual has already begun working for the Department of Health, with the organisation currently involved with implementing the new procurement Future Operating Model for the NHS.
This should be implemented by autumn next year if the schedule for the programme is conducted as planned.
It is mooted by the Department of Health that the new model will deliver 80% of NHS procurement.
This is considered particularly important as the new approach will replace the NHS Supply Chain, effectively ending some of the unwarranted variations highlighted in the 2016 Carter Review.
Johnson has replaced Pat Mills, who left his position back in January, having resigned from the Department of Health.
This ended a two-year tenure in the position, during which time Mills implemented programmes on efficiency and procurement.
Prior to her time at the Department for Transport, Johnson worked as deputy director (commercial services) at the Department for Education.
She has also worked as a “principal procurement consultant” in local government, and served as head of policy at the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply between 1999 and 2003.
Johnson’s appointment was welcomed by the Health Care Supply Association, the professional body which represents NHS procurement staff.
Chairman of the organisation, Alan Hoskins, commented on the appointment, indicating that that Johnson will bring substantial quality to the position.
“Melinda is a distinguished procurement professional who is greatly respected. I wish her well in her role and look forward to working with her.”