New health care experts appointed by The King's Fund

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The King's Fund has made two new appointments to its policy team.

Candace Imison, who has worked in strategy at the Department of Health and has held a number of senior management and board-level roles within NHS providers and commissioners, has been appointed to the role of Deputy Director of Policy; and Catherine Foot, former Head of Policy at Cancer Research UK, to the role of Senior Fellow.

Both Candace and Catherine will have a key part to play in assessing the government's health reforms and will focus on a range of issues, including quality in the health service and future health care trends.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive at The King's Fund, said:

'Our aim is to be the most influential, independent source of health care policy ideas and analysis in England – we have a strong policy team and these appointments will further enhance our expertise at this critical time in health care reform. We are delighted to welcome them on board – both are highly respected in their fields.'

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  1. For further information or interviews, please contact The King’s Fund press and public affairs 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 a charity that seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we help to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change. Our work includes research, analysis, leadership development and service improvement. We also offer a wide range of resources to help everyone working in health to share knowledge, learning and ideas.

  3. Candace Imison worked in strategy at the Department of Health from 2001 to 2006 and has held a number of senior and board roles within NHS. Candace joined The King’s Fund from the role of Director of Strategy at Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust. While at the Department of Health she contributed to the White Paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say, as well as Keeping the NHS Local and the 2001 Wanless Review, Securing our Future Health: Taking a long-term view. She led a major modernisation initiative for the Modernisation Agency, Hospital at Night (2003−4). Candace holds a Masters degree in Health Economics and Health Policy from Birmingham University. Her first degree was from Cambridge University, where she read Natural Sciences. She was one of the authors of the recent report from The King’s Fund on polyclinics, Under One Roof: Will polyclinics deliver integrated care? 

  4. Catherine Foot was Head of Policy at Cancer Research UK, where she was responsible for researching and promoting the charity’s views on health, science and voluntary sector policy. Over the past six years, Catherine built up the policy team at Cancer Research UK and helped to lead a number of sector coalitions, including the Cancer Campaigning Group and the Unclaimed Assets Charity Coalition. She spent much of 2007 seconded to the Department of Health working on the Cancer Reform Strategy, in both the analysis and policy teams, and has a Masters degree in Public Policy.