Story Published: December 2011
A member of the national Management Board for the NHS in England is to receive an honorary degree at the December graduation ceremonies.
Professor Ian Cumming OBE was the youngest ever Chief Executive in the NHS when he was first appointed as the head of Lancaster Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in 1995. He is currently the national NHS Managing Director for Quality During Transition and Honorary Professor of Lancaster Medical School.
Realising that a Medical School was one way to aid the development of a good local medical workforce, Ian Cumming was part of a joint bid with the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University which led to the eventual creation of Lancaster Medical School. The first students graduated as doctors this year.
In 2002, he led the NHS response to the UK's largest ever outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease at Barrow in Furness in Cumbria when he was CEO of what is now the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.
In 2006, he was appointed CEO of the commissioning body NHS North Lancashire and in 2011, he became the CEO of NHS West Midlands.
On taking up this role, he also became a member of the national Management Board for the NHS in England.
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Edited by: N.Thomason