Following the NHS England and NHS Improvement Board meeting last week, a new joint leadership system was announced with Simon Stevens, current Chief Executive of NHSE, at the helm assisted by a to-be-recruited Chief Operating Officer.

The move means that Stevens is going to be responsible both for the provider and the commissioning side of the NHS. Prerana Issar has been appointed to the new role of Chief People Officer and she will play a leading role in the development and delivery of the workforce implementation plan together with a national workforce group.

NHS Assembly has announced its clinical and non-clinical chairs as Dr Clare Gerada and Professor Sir Chris Ham (respectively). The new body will advise on the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan with representatives from across the health and care sectors (including voluntary sector leaders) alongside wider involvement from patients and the public.

NHSI and NHSE have also launched a consultation on the need for primary legislation to implement the Long Term Plan. Implementation should be possible without changing legislation, but it might speed up the process with many of the proposals concerning local NHS bodies working with others.


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