Clinical Director, Healthcare Quality and Improvement

Professor Jason Leitch



Clinical Director, Healthcare Quality and Strategy
Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

Jason Leitch was appointed as the National Clinical Director of Healthcare Quality and Strategy in January 2015.


The National Clinical Director is responsible for quality in the health and social care system, including patient safety and person-centred care, NHS planning and implementing quality improvement methods across the government and the broader public sector.


Jason has worked for the Scottish Government since 2007. In January 2015, he was appointed as The National Clinical Director in the Health and Social Care Directorate. 

Jason is an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee. From 2005 to 2006 he was a Quality Improvement Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, in Boston, sponsored by the Health Foundation. Jason is also a trustee of the UK wing of the Indian Rural Evangelical Fellowship which runs orphanages in southeast India.

He qualified as a dentist in 1991 and was as a Consultant Oral Surgeon in Glasgow. He has a doctorate from the University of Glasgow, a Masters in Public Health from Harvard and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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