NHS body enlists Escott for commercial remit

The NHS Confederation has secured an associate man­ager from APCO Worldwide as its new head of commercial relations.

Andrew Escott – a former PRWeek Young PR Professional of the year finalist – will join the membership ­organisation on 18 June. He will head up the six-strong commercial relations team, which builds relationships between the NHS, the commercial sector and the rest of government, developing commercial partnerships including sponsorship.

‘Many of my clients have worked with the NHS Confederation. Through this I’ve seen the organisation’s imp­act on the design of health policy and its practical imple­mentation,’ said Escott.

‘I am excited to have this opportunity to work as part of the team at the Confederation, particularly during such a time of transformation for the NHS,’ he added.

Escott, who will report to director of comms Helen Bradburn, replaces Graham Kendall, who has left after four years to go freelance.

Escott started as a trainee and rose to the position of ­associate manager at APCO in less than five years. Since 2005 he has managed the ­research and intelligence unit, and recently updated
its evaluation processes.

He runs high-profile acc­ounts for clients, including corporate PR for Gate Gourmet, and media relations for APCO. Other accounts include Lloyds Pharmacy, IMS Health and Denplan.

The NHS Confederation represents more than 90 per cent of the organisations that make up the NHS. Members include most NHS acute trusts, ambulance, foundation and mental health trusts.

It provides the NHS with an independent voice and aims to improve health and patient care by influencing policy, supporting members and promoting excellence.

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