James Mountford

Dr James Mountford

Director of National Improvement Strategy, NHS England and NHS Improvement

James Mountford is Director of National Improvement Strategy for NHS England and NHS Improvement, where his work centres on embedding improvement and learning into daily work across NHSE&I. James came to the national role from the Royal Free London, where he led a multi-year programme build improving quality and value into routine practice, reduce unwarranted variation in care delivery, and ensure improvement efforts address what matters most to staff as well as patients, families and populations.

James worked initially as a NHS doctor, then in consulting. From 2005-2007, he was a Commonwealth Fund/Health Foundation Harkness Fellow based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), both in Boston, USA. Before moving to the Royal Free, James was Director of Quality at UCLPartners, an academic health sciences partnership serving a population of 3million, in and around London.

James is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal BMJLeader and sits on the board of AQuA, the improvement partnership based in north-west England.