Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England

Simon Stevens is CEO of NHS England, which leads the NHS’s work nationally to improve health and ensure high quality care for all. He took up post in April 2014, and is accountable to Parliament for over £100 billion of annual Health Service funding.

As the NHS approaches its 70th anniversary, NHS England is leading work to deliver practical improvements in areas prized by patients and the public – cancer, mental health and GP access – while transforming the way that care is delivered to ease pressure on hospitals by helping frail and older people live healthier, more independent lives. These measures, probably the biggest national move towards integrated care currently underway in any Western country, will also help to put the service on a more sustainable footing for the future.

Simon will discuss the NHS’s recently published plan, Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View, which sets out how NHS England is working to achieve this.

 

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  • About the speaker

    Simon Stevens is CEO of NHS England, which leads the NHS’s work nationally to improve health and ensure high quality care for all. He is accountable to Parliament for over £100 billion of annual Health Service funding.

    Simon joined the NHS through its Graduate Training Scheme in 1988. As a frontline NHS manager he subsequently led acute hospitals, mental health and community services, primary care and health commissioning in the North East of England, London and the South Coast. He also served seven years as the Prime Minister’s Health Adviser at 10 Downing Street, and as policy adviser to successive Health Secretaries at the Department of Health.

    Alongside his 16 years work for the NHS and UK public service, Simon spent a decade working internationally at UnitedHealth Group, including as its Medicare CEO and as president of its global health division, leading health services in the United States, Europe, Brazil, India, China, Africa, and the Middle East.

    Simon was born in Birmingham, and was educated at Balliol College, Oxford University; Strathclyde University, Glasgow; and Columbia University, New York where he was Harkness Fellow at the New York City Health Department. He is married with two school-age children, and volunteers as a director of the Commonwealth Fund, a leading international health charity. He has also been a trustee of the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust, visiting professor at the London School of Economics, and an elected local councillor for Brixton in South London.

    Simon took up post as NHS England CEO on 1 April 2014, following an open worldwide competitive appointment process led by the independent board of NHS England.