The North Central London Cancer Alliance welcomes Ali Malik as managing director. He was previously at the North Central London Integrated Care Board (NCL ICB) where he led the post-Covid elective surgery recovery programme. During his time at the NCL ICB, Ali also established the system’s health intelligence unit to generate insights to support system improvement. He has a wealth of experience in the NHS and the private sector.
Professor Geoff Bellingan, senior responsible officer for the North Central London Cancer Alliance and medical director for cancer and surgery at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are all looking forward to Ali’s leadership as the Cancer Alliance continues to develop its role in fostering collaboration and action to improve cancer services across north London and innovating, where possible, to give our patients a better experience of treatment and care.
“Like the rest of the NHS we have been through challenging times during the pandemic, but this has made us stronger and created better relationships with our health and care partners. With Ali we will build on this work.”
Ali said: “I am delighted to join the North Central London Cancer Alliance especially at a time when there is a real national and local focus on improving cancer outcomes and the experience of care for our patients and staff.
“There are great benefits to working together as a system as we have witnessed over the pandemic, and I look forward to supporting our alliance in driving forward ambitious plans to innovate and optimise our services to deliver world class cancer outcomes for our whole population”.
Frances O’Callaghan, Chief Executive of NHS North Central London Integrated Care Board and Chair of the NHS North Central London Cancer Alliance Board said: “I am very pleased to welcome Ali to the North Central London Cancer Alliance. Ali brings an excellent understanding of North Central London’s population and extensive experience of working collaboratively with NHS, local authority and voluntary and community sector partners to tackle health inequalities and improve outcomes for local people and communities.
“I look forward to working with him as we continue our strong focus on improving the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer locally. We know we must improve and continue to recover from the pandemic to ensure north London’s population experiences the best possible care and outcomes.”
The North Central London Cancer Alliance works with patients, hospitals, GPs, health commissioners, voluntary organisations, and local authorities in the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington – and some cancer pathways in both north and east London – to improve cancer outcomes and care.