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Chief Executive Officer of NHS England, Sir Simon Stevens, will be joining Professor Sir Simon Wessely, RSM immediate Past-President, for a conversation about his career, from his early years in the NHS to the past 18 months with the COVID-19 pandemic seeing the most testing period in NHS history. Sir Simon will also discuss the challenges he faced when directing the world’s fastest and most successful large scale COVID-19 vaccination rollout.
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Sir Simon joined the NHS in 1988 through its graduate management programme. 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.
Sir Simon also 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.
On 29 April 2021, Sir Simon formally notified the NHS England Board of his decision to stand down at the end of July, after more than seven years of leading the service.
Sir Simon had this to say regarding his time as CEO of NHS England “Joining the health service in my early twenties was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, followed three decades later by the privilege of leading the NHS through some of the toughest challenges in its history. The people of this country have rightly recognised the extraordinary service of NHS staff during this terrible pandemic, as well as the success of our covid vaccination deployment. As the pandemic recedes in this country, the NHS’s track record in advancing medical progress in a way that works for everyone rightly continues to inspire young people to join one of the greatest causes – health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations.”
He also volunteers as a Director of the Commonwealth Fund, a leading international health charity, and has been a trustee of the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust, visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and a local councillor for Brixton in South London. He is an honorary fellow of The Royal College of General Practitioners and holds an honorary doctorate from The University of Birmingham.
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