National Health Service History
|Sir Nigel Crisp
was appointed as Chief Executive at Department of Health and NHS on 1 November 2000. He retired in March 2006, at a period of financial crisis for the NHS, accepting at least part of the responsibility that Ministers conspicuously did not (Interview with Patricia Hewitt, Panorama 26 March 2006).
He first joined the NHS in 1986 from a background in community work, where he worked in Liverpool and Cambridgeshire, and industry. He then became the General Manager for Learning Disabilities in East Berkshire and moved in 1988 to become General Manager (and later Chief Executive) of Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals which provided a wide range of general hospital and mental health services in East Berkshire. He moved to Oxford in 1993 to become Chief Executive of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital which incorporates the John Radcliffe and Churchill Hospitals and is one of the largest academic medical centres in the country.
He became South Thames Regional Director of the NHS Executive in February 1997 and London Regional Director on January 1999. Nigel Crisp is a Cambridge graduate in Philosophy. He is married with two teenage children and lives in the countryside near Newbury. His interests include the countryside, gardening and painting.
He became Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the New Years Honours 2003.