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NHS Assembly announced to help deliver the Long Term Plan

NHS England has named the 56 members of the NHS Assembly, the new Forum charged with supporting delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan (see the full list below).


The list includes nurses, GPs, charity representatives, media, patient representatives, clinical leaders, local authority and community representatives, health and care system leaders and the voluntary sector. It includes several Chief Executives, but no direct representation from any Estates and Facilities directorate.


NHS England says that more than 500 people applied to sit on the Assembly, with the successful applicants chosen based on their individual knowledge, skills and experience.


The group will meet for the first time in Spring, and then quarterly afterwards, bringing their experience, knowledge and links to wider networks to inform discussion and debate on the NHS’s work and priorities.


The Assembly will be co-chaired by leading GP Dr Claire Gerada, and former head of the King’s Fund think tank, Professor Sir Chris Ham.


Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, says: “The NHS Assembly rightly reflects a wide diversity of patient, public and staff views and expertise. It builds on the inclusive process for designing the NHS Long Term Plan, and will help guide its implementation in the years to come.”


Dr Gerada adds: “The quality and range of the Assembly members, and the large number who applied, is testament to the special place that the NHS has in the nation’s heart. The NHS Assembly will play a key part in ensuring the delivery of the Long Term Plan, and therefore shaping the future of the NHS.”


The full list of NHS Assembly members:

Alex Fox - Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus and a trustee of the Social Care Institute for Excellence

Amy Overend - Neonatal Intensive Care Sister and Coordinator in Bolton who is also on the Board of Trustees and Non Executive Director at Bliss

Sir Andrew Cash - Chief Executive of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System

Professor Andrew Goddard - Consultant Gastroenterologist and General Physician in Derby and President of the Royal College of Physicians

Dr Andy Knox - GP in Carnforth, Lancashire and Director of Population Health for the Morecambe Bay Health and Care System

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty - a trained nurse and now Professor of Nursing Policy at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King’s College London

Caroline Abrahams - Charity Director of Age UK and a part-time carer for her mother

Professor Caroline MacEwan - Consultant Ophthalmologist and Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Dr Carolyn Wilkins - Chief Executive of Oldham Council and Accountable Officer of NHS Oldham CCG

Charlotte Pickles - Managing Editor of the comment and current affairs site who will soon be taking the role of Director at Reform

Chris Hopson - Chief Executive of NHS Providers

Dr Claire Fuller - practising GP and lead for Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System (ICS)

Clenton Farquharson MBE - Chair of Think Local Act Personal and an Ambassador for Disability Rights UK

Craig Harman - an Emergency Responder and Head of 999 Service Delivery at London Ambulance Service

Fatima Khan-Shah - Patient and Public Involvement Lay Member for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Joint Committee of CCGs

Gabrielle Anne-Marie Mathews - third-year medical student and a member of the NHS Youth Forum and the British Youth Council

Dr Graham Jackson - practising GP and Clinical Lead at Buckinghamshire ICS, also co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners.

Gurdas Singh - medical student and Co-Chair of the BMA’s Medical Student Committee

Helen Hassell - parent carer and active member of My Life Choices strategic co production group in Nottingham City and County

Professor Helen Stokes Lampard - practising GP and Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners

Helen Walker - Chief Executive of Carers UK

Cllr Ian Hudspeth - Leader of Oxfordshire County Council and chair of the Community Wellbeing Board of the Local Government Association

Imelda Redmond - National Director for Healthwatch England

Dame Jackie Daniel - Chief Executive of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust

Jagtar Singh - Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

Jeremy Hughes - Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society

Jim Easton - Vice-Chair of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN)

Joan Saddler - Co-chair of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council and Associate Director of Patients and Communities at the NHS Confederation

Joselle Wright - Consultant Midwife at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Juliet Bouverie - Chief Executive of the Stroke Association

Kendra Schneller - Nurse Practitioner in London providing primary care to people who are experiencing homelessness, people with addictions and refugee and asylum seekers

Professor Lesley Regan - Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at St Mary’s Campus, Imperial College, London and President of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Lucy Watts - prominent disability and health advocate

Lynda Thomas - Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support and Vice Chair of The Richmond Group of Charities

Revd Mark Burleigh - Head of chaplaincy & bereavement services at Leicester and a member of the Network for Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care in Health

Nazia Ahmed - Occupational Therapist and Inpatient Therapy Services lead at the Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust

Niall Dickson - Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation.

Patricia Miller - Chief Executive of Dorset County Hospital serving a rural community

Paul Farmer - Chief Executive of MIND and Chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations

Penny Owens - Radiographer and Director of Allied Health Professionals, Division of Cancer, Diagnostics and Clinical Support at Royal Derby Hospital

Polly Toynbee - Journalist, who writes for the Guardian and the Observer covering social issues and politics, specialising in the NHS

Rachel Power - Chief Executive of the Patients Association

Ravi Sharma - Pharmacist and the Director for England at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Richard Stubbs - Chief Executive of the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network

Dr Robert Klaber - Consultant General Paediatrician & Deputy Medical Director at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Robert Webster - Chief Executive of the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Robina Shah - Chartered Consultant Psychologist, Director of the Doubleday Centre for Patient Experience at the University of Manchester Medical School and the UK Chair of the Patient and Partnership Group at Royal College of General Practitioners

Professor Russell Viner - practising Paediatrician and a Researcher in health services research, public health and policy for children and young people; also President of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health

Professor Shafi Ahmed - Consultant Laparoscopic Colorectal Cancer Surgeon at The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals and sits on the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons

Professor Sian Ellard - Professor of Genomic Medicine at the University of Exeter Medical School and Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and head of the Molecular Genetics Department

Simon Gillespie - Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation and President of the European Heart Network

Dr Stephen Dunn - Chief Executive of the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett - Co-Founder and Chair of The Marshall Institute within the London School of Economics and Chair of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Tim Nicholls - Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the National Autistic Society

Dr Vishanka Ratnasuriya - practising GP in Birmingham

Yvonne Newbold - Learning Disability Champion who earned the National Learning Disabilities/Autism Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.