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Kylie to take on NHS ambassador role *

New NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has announced that Kylie – recently of hit BBC talent show “The Voice” – is to be given an ambassador role for the health service.

Ms Minogue’s appointment is the first to be made by Mr Stevens, who officially took over from Sir David Nicholson in the NHS leadership hot seat today.

The actress and singer will take on the job as a part-time role between “other commitments”, according to a statement from NHS England.

She will begin a tour of trusts and other NHS service providers later this year, where she will meet frontline staff and patients, and act as a “cheerleader” for good patient experience.

Mr Stevens said he had been a long-term fan of Ms Minogue’s work and that she would bring new energy, expertise and a “touch of glamour” to the NHS after a tough couple of years for the service.  

He said: “The health service often finds itself in the media spotlight for the wrong reasons, we hope that Kylie will help it get on the TV, radio and new media for the right reasons – great patient care.”

Simon Stevens

Simon Stevens

It was revealed in March that Ms Minogue had turned down the offer of appearing in another series of The Voice, telling The Mirror that the experience had been “really difficult, too taxing and emotional”.

It is understood she will start her NHS visits during the summer, but will take a break during her upcoming Kiss Me Once tour, which is scheduled to takes place during September, October and November.

Speaking about the new ambassador role, Ms Minogue said she was a great fan of the NHS and was “delighted” to accept the part-time job for her old “mate” Mr Stevens, whom she first met about 10 years ago after a show to promote her album “Light Years”.

She added: “One of the lyrics from the song Spinning Around, which was on that album, included the line ‘I’m through with the past. Ain’t no point in looking back. The future will be’ – that’s how I’m looking at helping the NHS get a more positive image.”

The announcement was made by Mr Stevens during a tour of the NHS in the north east where he started his NHS career 26 years ago.

He began the day by meeting patients and nurses at Shotley Bridge Hospital in County Durham and then visited a GP-led medical centre where he was due to meet patients and staff.

* Nursing Times admits that the contents of this story, published on the 1 April, is entirely untrue and should be regarded as our attempt at an “April Fool”.

Readers' comments (25)

  • Oh dear.... Very good hearted of Kylie to do this...

    BUT.....

    please could the nhs just be funded properly?

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  • EXPERTISE?

    EXPERIENCE?

    No, an old drinking partner by the sound of it, a wise choice indeed Mr Stevens.

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  • April Fool?

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  • April Fool?

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  • michael stone

    It is April 1st.

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  • Please let this be April fools!

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  • This is unbelievable!!!!!

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  • may we all have one of these posts. we all have something special to contribute!

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  • I think that this is a fantastic idea. Ms Minogue is a real inspiration and such a talented artist - who better to help guide the NHS through these turbulent times!? If Simon Stevens carries on making intelligent and decisions like this I feel that the NHS is in for a much brighter future!

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  • I get sick and tired of all these special privileges in the NHS when some highly experienced and qualified struggle even to get a job!

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  • tinkerbell

    is this some kind of mad hatters tea party?
    As much as I like Kylie everything is becoming really strange lately. Curiouser and curiouser sad Alice!

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  • You should be so lucky.... lucky.... lucky......lucky...., etc.

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  • Tiger Girl

    Very little mention of this if you Google it, except for the NT story - Kylie is very high profile, so ...

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  • I like Kylie

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  • Mr stevens better meet her once in a while in her shows if he misses her this much!!!! oh god this is soooo unprofessional

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  • Somayeh Bagherpour | 2-Apr-2014 6:56 pm

    what are you on about. your comment appears rather unprofessional.

    is it any different from Ségolène Royal in Hollande's new cabinet? work is work, don't confuse the two!

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  • Hope it is an April fool, or she could be heading for career suicide

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  • tinkerbell

    If it were an April fool wouldn't I have to be done with Kylie's consent? Or can you just take any old bod and use there name in an article? If it is an April fool then I am not amused.

    And why is there an * under the articles title?

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  • If every one do their job as it should be done then there will be no need for a face or a name to ensure things are put in order.
    Why do we people have that kind of mentality that we must have inspiration or a prod all the time to do our work.
    Do we not have it within ourselves and within our system to be professional?

    Believe in yourselves, don't wait for a prod to be professional.
    Managers manage fair and good, keep your work force happy and you will get great results.
    CQC don't let other people do your work for you.
    Unions stand by and stop hiding in the corner.
    Nurses stand by your patients and fight to keep standards tops.

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  • Hope it was an April fool! What a role member for the NHS! Half naked, though beautiful, bodies is not a good image for caring compassionate NHS

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