David Small Director of Primary Care Transformation

Organisation: NHS Lothian

  • Health Foundation Leadership Fellowship
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About me

David is a Health Foundation Leadership Fellow and Director of Primary Care Transformation at NHS Lothian.

At the time of his fellowship, David Small was General Manager of the Edinburgh Community Health Partnership of NHS Lothian. This meant he was responsible for all primary care services, community services, community mental health services and non acute hospital services for Edinburgh and several services hosted for the south east of Scotland and nationally.

His achievements in the post included development of Edinburgh long term conditions programme, improving child protection arrangements, improving mental health services, development of an integrated sexual health service and meeting financial targets.

David planned to use his fellowship to learn from examples of best practice outside Scotland and apply it to Edinburgh especially in developing primary care and in relations with acute services. He also hoped to develop relationships with the local authority and councillors to extend the work carried out by the partnership.

David graduated from Edinburgh University in 1984 in politics and history and joined NHS Scotland as a national management trainee that year.

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