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Helen Buckingham

Helen Buckingham

Director of Strategy and Operations,
Nuffield Trust

Helen joined the Nuffield Trust in 2017 as Senior Fellow, working on a range of health policy issues. She has 25 years’ experience in NHS roles, including senior roles in national bodies, as well as in both commissioner and provider organisations. In June 2018 Helen took on the role of Director of Strategy and Operations for the Trust. A finance professional by background, Helen’s past roles include Director of Strategy and Organisational Development in a mental health trust; PCT Chief Executive; Chief of Staff at Monitor; and most recently Director of Corporate Affairs at NHS Improvement. Helen has particular interests in the development and implementation of strategies leading to clear delivery of outcomes. She also focuses on the development of effective partnerships within organisations and across systems, and also between public sector bodies and the populations they serve.

  • Summarising findings from the Nuffield Trusts Developing robust estates strategies: Challenges and opportunities briefing published in June 2018
  • Ensuring the estates strategy revolves around people so that people with the right skills and experience can work in the optimal environment to make their job as easy as possible
  • Enabling health and care staff to work together through partnerships and through efficient use of both the estate and other infrastructure to ensure the best possible patient outcomes
  • Outlining strategies for future proofing the NHS estate through new technologies, innovation and flexible designs