The King's Fund appoints new Director of Policy

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The King's Fund today announced the appointment of Dr Anna Dixon as its new Director of Policy.

Anna Dixon joined The King's Fund in September 2006 as Deputy Director of Policy and replaces Dr Jennifer Dixon, who left the Fund in January to become Chief Executive at The Nuffield Trust.

Anna Dixon has conducted research and published widely on health care funding and policy, including a report this January on national accountability within the health service: Governing the NHS: Alternatives to an independent board. She has given lectures on a range of topics including UK health system reform and patient choice.

She was previously a lecturer in European Health Policy at the London School of Economics and was awarded the Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy in 2005–6. She has also worked in the Strategy Unit at the Department of Health, where she focused on a range of issues including choice, global health and public health.

The King's Fund Chief Executive Niall Dickson said:

'We are delighted that Anna will be taking on this crucial role. She is highly respected within the health policy world and has a wide knowledge and deep understanding of the challenges facing our health care system. She has been a tremendous asset to the Fund over the past two years and I look forward to her leading our policy work at this important time.'

Commenting on her appointment, Anna Dixon said:

'I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the policy work at The King's Fund. I look forward to building on our reputation for high-quality independent health policy research and analysis. I hope that together with colleagues and external partners we can ensure that The King's Fund is at the forefront of generating new ideas and insights both for policy-makers and those working in the NHS.'

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  1. For further information or interviews, please contact the King’s Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
  2. The King’s Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through funding. We are a major resource to people working in health and social care, offering leadership development programmes; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.