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RCN president and frontline nurses feature in new NHS Assembly

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A neonatal intensive care sister and a high-profile nursing professor are among those who have been appointed to a new forum set-up to support the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.

The NHS Assembly is made up of a wide-range of people with a stake in health and social care including frontline clinicians, patients, carers, charity leaders and trust chief executives.

The 56-strong group will report to NHS England and NHS Improvement and will help guide the implementation of the 10-year plan for the health service, which was released in January. 

Royal College of Nursing

Anne Marie Rafferty

Anne Marie Rafferty

Members include Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, president of the Royal College of Nursing and professor of nursing policy at King’s College London; and Amy Overend, a neonatal intensive care sister in Bolton and trustee of sick baby charity Bliss. 

Kendra Schneller, a nurse practitioner in London caring for homeless people, those with addictions, refugees and asylum seekers; and consultant midwife Joselle Wright, of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, also made the cut out of more than 500 applicants.

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, said: “The NHS Assembly rightly reflects a wide diversity of patient, public and staff views and expertise.

Simon Stevens NHS England chief executive

Simon Stevens

Simon Stevens

“It builds on the inclusive process for designing the NHS Long Term Plan, and will help guide its implementation in the years to come,” he added.

Dr Gerada said the assembly would play a “key part” in ensuring the delivery of the 10-year plan.

“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,” she added.

The full list of NHS Assembly members can be found here

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