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NHS Executive Group & NHS Long Term Plan

NHS Executive Group & NHS Long Term Plan

17th December 2018

Today it was confirmed that speculations were correct and that the NHS Long Term Plan will indeed not be published until the New Year. In the meantime, that does not stop the surfacing of more and more bits and pieces. Earlier today NHS England’s announced for instance that the Plan will create a ‘national heroes service’ for veterans. Read more about what will be in the Plan in this NHS England December Stakeholder briefing.

Last week we learned more about the new joint NHS Improvement and NHS England senior leadership team – the NHS Executive Group. I am very pleased that the APHG was able to meet two of its members already. At our pre-publication briefing of the NHS Long Term Plan last Tuesday, Professor Stephen Powis, the National NHS Medical Director, and Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer, provided specialist input on MPs and Peers questions during the Q&A. At the meeting chaired by Baroness Cumberlege and Karin Smyth MP, we heard from Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England on the Long Term Plan and pressures and opportunities for the NHS.

On the new structure, Ian Dalton, chief executive of NHS Improvement elaborates in an HSJ article, saying that: ‘Under the new structure the seven integrated regional teams will play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage, making decisions on how best to assure and support performance in their region, as well as supporting local system transformation.’ If you would like to see all the new members of the NHS Executive Group, incl. all Regional Directors, read more here.

Finally, as Parliament will rise for Christmas Recess this Thursday 20th December and return on 7th January 2019 this will be my final news-item in 2018. 

If I do not see you at any Parliamentary Christmas Receptions later this week, I would very much like to thank everyone who has contributed to our work this year. It has been a great pleasure working with you and I look forward to continuing our high-level meeting programme in the New Year.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Emelie de Wagt

Health Policy Manager, Policy Connect

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