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Sue Thomas

Chief Executive Officer, Commissioning Excellence

Commissioning Excellence is a directorate that focuses on service redesign and stakeholder engagement. Much of her time is spent working with the NHS and third sector. With a clinical background in nursing, Sue has held leading national roles since 1991. This has included 18 years as national policy and practice advisor for long term conditions at the Royal College of Nursing. Following this, Sue set up a unique commissioning support organisation for the voluntary sector, the Neurological Commissioning Support (NCS) unit, which was given NHS England niche provider status in 2014.
Sue has been an expert advisor to numerous Department of Health work streams and NICE, as well as having a place on the Board of the Royal College of Physicians’ former National Council for Chronic Conditions.

She also gives evidence to many national strategic reviews including All Party Parliamentary Groups, the Public Accounts Committee and the Royal College of Physicians.

Sue has led numerous service transformation projects in both primary and secondary care as well as providing commissioning mentorship to numerous other voluntary sector organisations.