Leading GP to co-chair forum on NHS Long Term Plan

Author: Jo Carlowe
Leading GP to co-chair forum on NHS Long Term Plan

A leading GP and one of England’s foremost health experts has been chosen to co-chair a new forum to oversee the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Following a nationally-advertised recruitment process, Dr Clare Gerada has been appointed as clinical chair, and Professor Sir Chris Ham as non-clinical chair, of the NHS Assembly.

Building on the collaborative approach to developing the NHS Long Term Plan, published on 7 January, the Assembly will bring together a range of individuals from across the health and care sectors at regular intervals to advise the Boards of NHS England and NHS Improvement on implementation of the improvements it outlined.

The Assembly will be formed of around fifty individuals, drawn from national and frontline clinical leaders, patient leaders, staff representatives, health and care system leaders and voluntary, community and social enterprise sector leaders, who will bring their experience, knowledge and links to wider networks to inform discussion and debate on the NHS’ work and priorities.

Dr Gerada has more than 35 years’ experience practising medicine, alongside leadership roles with the Royal College of General Practice, Department of Health and British Medical Association, and has been a driving force behind efforts to ensure NHS staff receive tailored mental and physical health support when they need it.

Sir Chris was chief executive of the Kings Fund think tank from 2010 to 2018, following 18 years as professor of health policy and management at the University of Birmingham, during which time he advised the Department of Health, World Health Organisation and World Bank among others.

As co-chairs, they will provide leadership to the group, and promote the work of the assembly within the NHS and among wider partners, with the aim of seeking wider involvement from staff, patients and the public.

Commenting on the appointments, Lord David Prior, NHS England chair, said: “The Long Term Plan was drawn up by, and based on the contributions of those who know the NHS best – staff, patients, the public and other health experts. The NHS Assembly provides a channel through which those voices can continue to be heard as we work towards delivering the ambitions that it sets out, and both Chris and Clare are exceptionally qualified to ensure that is the case.”