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Deputy Director of NCAS, Dr Peter Old, leaves the NHS after 33 years

Wedenesday 31 August 2011

NPSA Announcements


The Deputy Director of the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS), Dr Peter Old, this week leaves the NHS after a career that has spanned 33 years.


Dr Old started his career after qualifying at University College Hospital in London in 1978. After working as a junior doctor in London he spent several years working for the charity, Save the Children Fund, in South Sudan. On his return to the UK, Dr Old became a GP in Hampshire, studying for a Masters degree in Law before taking up appointments in public health. He became Medical Director and Director of Public Health to several NHS organisations on the south coast of England.


From 2001 to 2004 Dr Old served as an appointed medical member of the General Medical Council Fitness to Practise Committee. His health authority career culminated in an appointment as Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority in 2000. Subsequently, he was seconded to NCAS in 2002.  That role was made substantive in 2004. 


During his time at NCAS, Dr Old established and developed the NCAS Adviser team; advising and assisting referring bodies in resolving concerns about the practice of doctors, dentists and pharmacists.


Commenting on his decision to leave NHS service and NCAS, Dr Old said:


“I have been very proud of what we have achieved at NCAS. I have been fortunate enough to have worked with some very skilled and able people. I believe that I am leaving NCAS in good shape and feel very confident that colleagues will respond to the challenging agenda the organisation faces over the coming months and years.”


Paying tribute to Dr Old’s service to NCAS, Sarndrah Horsfall, Chief Executive of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), said:


“Peter is highly respected by colleagues at NCAS, as well as the many hundreds of patients and doctors he has had contact with over the years. Dr Old has made a significant contribution to the lives of so many people over the past 33 years.”



1.  Media enquiries to the NPSA Press Office:

0207 927 9362 / press.office@npsa.nhs.uk


2. NCAS provides general and specialist advice to help organisations address concerns about the practice of individual dentists, doctors or pharmacists or, in some cases, of practice teams. NCAS also undertakes formal assessment of practitioners.


3.  NCAS is currently a division of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA). In July 2010, the Department of Health published its review of Arm’s Length Bodies – Liberating the NHS: Report of the arms-length bodies review. Although the report announced abolition of NPSA, it did stipulate that NCAS functions are to continue.  NCAS services will continue to remain free to NHS organisations.