New ICHP Managing Director appointed


Imperial College Health Partners has appointed a new managing director. Dr Axel Heitmueller, who is currently acting managing director of the Partnership, will take up the substantive position with immediate effect.

Imperial College Health Partners brings together some of the world’s most respected health and academic institutions, all focused on delivering demonstrable improvements in the health and wellbeing of the 2.3 million people living in North West London.

Axel will have a key role to play in North West London’s health economy, working with our NHS and academic partners, industry, third sector, local government and patients and the public to deliver transformational change. You can read more about his aspirations for ICHP in the Health Service Journal here.

Axel has an impressive track record spanning both senior positions in the NHS and government. In 2011 he was asked to lead the establishment of ICHP working alongside Lord Ara Darzi. He took up the substantive role of Director of Strategy and Commerce of ICHP in summer 2013.

The Partnership, which is also licensed as one of the 15 Academic Health Science Networks in England, works with its partners to identify new innovations and best practice solutions to address system wide challenges and ensure safe, high quality and efficient services for patients.

In his new role at ICHP, Axel will lead the Partnership in helping to address some of the biggest health challenges facing the region. His focus will be on fostering collaboration and system leadership, and supporting the systematic uptake of best practice and innovation.

Talking about his new role, he said:
“I am delighted to be taking up the role of managing director of Imperial College Health Partners. Having been involved with the Partnership since its inception, I continue to be passionate about the potential we have to deliver transformational change across North West London.

“The NHS continues to face uncertain and testing times. Our role is to provide nimble and timely support to our partners, creating the much needed headspace to make innovation and best practice an integral part of solving the mounting challenges they face.”

ICHP Chair, Sir Peter Dixon, said: “Delivering transformational change is by no means easy, but I am confident that Axel can lead Imperial College Health Partners to harness the skills, knowledge and motivation of a thriving health and research sector to make it happen.”

Axel takes over from Dr Adrian Bull who left the Partnership earlier this year to take up the role of CEO at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.