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NHS England: In conversation with Simon Stevens
Simon Stevens and Nicholas Timmins

  • Wednesday 14 June 2017, 1.00PM to 2pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • RCH/037, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

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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.

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 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.

Nicholas Timmins is a former journalist who is now a Senior Fellow with The King’s Fund and the Institute for Government. He was previously a Public Policy Editor and Commentator with the Financial Times from 1996 to 2012. 

He is the author of Never Again?, an account of Lansley's NHS reform act in 2012, undertaken jointly for the Fund and the IfG. He was rapporteur for the King's Fund's independent Barker Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England in 2014, and he also wrote The Five Giants: A Biography of the Welfare State (HarperCollins), the third edition of which, bringing it fully up to date, is due out in October. He is also a Visiting Professor in social policy at the London School of Economics and in public management at King's College, London. He was President of the Social Policy Association between 2008-11.



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