Gary Belfield, the DoH's director general of commissioning and system management, is reportedly leaving to take up a position at consultants KPMG, although the firm would not comment on the appointment.
Mr Belfield's predecessor, former DoH director general of commissioning Mark Britnell, developed world class commissioning (WCC) before quitting the position in June last year. He is now KPMG UK's head of healthcare.
The WCC initiative aims to improve the quality of trusts' commissioning by rating them in a multitude of areas.
However, commissioning in England was described last month as ‘a failing system that needs to be abandoned' in a highly critical editorial by a professor of public policy in the British Medical Journal.
Mr Belfield has worked in various DoH and NHS roles for over 25 years.
A DoH spokeswoman said: ‘Gary Belfield has given notice that he wishes to leave his role as acting director general of commissioning and system management to take up a post outside the DoH.'