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Join us for an ‘in conversation’ event with the Chief Executive Officer of NHS England, Simon Stevens. NHS England leads the NHS’s work nationally to improve health and ensure high quality care for all. It sets the NHS’s priorities and direction, and encourages and informs the national debate to improve health and care. Simon will be interviewed by Nicholas Timmins, a Public Policy Commentator and Senior Fellow with The King’s Fund and the Institute for Government. Come along and find out more.
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 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 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.