The NHS has announced two new leaders who will help to oversee the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. The two leaders are leading UK health experts who, together, will co-chair the new forum that will help to drive the NHS Long Term Plan forward.
Who are the two new leaders?
Dr Clare Gerada has been announced as the clinical chair. Dr Gerada has over 35 years of experience in practising medicine. She has also held many leadership roles such as with the Royal College of General Practice and the British Medical Association. Dr Clare Gerada has also helped NHS staff to receive tailored support for the mental and physical health when they need it.
The other chair is Sir Chris Ham who will be the non-clinical chair. Sir Chris has spent 18 years as a professor of health policy and management. He has also advised notable organisations such as the World Bank, Department of Health and the World Health Organisation.
The NHS Assembly
Together, Dr Clare Gerada and Sir Chris Ham will chair an Assembly made up of 50 individuals. The Assembly will advise NHS England and NHS Improvement in a bid to achieve the NHS Long Term Plan. The individuals in the NHS Assembly will include clinical leaders, staff representatives and care system leaders.
Speaking of the appointment, the NHS Improvement chair, Baroness Dido Harding said; “Like so many others do in so many different ways, Chris and Clare have dedicated their careers to the NHS, and care passionately about its future. I look forward to working with them and the rest of the Assembly members to ensure that our shared goals, as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, are met.”