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CNO among experts developing NHS workforce plan for England

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England’s new chief nursing officer, Dr Ruth May, will be among a panel of experts developing the NHS workforce implementation plan, it has been confirmed.

The document, expected later in 2019, will set out how the NHS will deliver on promises specifically around staffing that were set out last week in the new long-term plan for the health service in England.

“Only with great leadership and staff across the NHS can we deliver our ambitions for patients”

Julian Hartley

Dr May will chair the “future clinical workforce” group, which is set to include nursing.

She will have help from Suzanne Rastrick, Dr Keith Ridge and Professor Sue Hill, who are England’s chief officers for allied health professions, pharmacists and healthcare scientists, respectively, and will lead subgroups for their fields. 

The NHS Long Term Plan, which was published last Monday, included a chapter on workforce that set out a range of ambitions but also stated that the separate implementation plan was under development as a blueprint on how its aims on staffing would be introduced. 

Meanwhile, national medical director, Professor Stephen Powis, will chair the “future medical and dental workforce” group.

Peter Homa, chair of the NHS Leadership Academy, will head up the leadership, development and talent management section. He is a past trust chief executive and was a founding leader of the former regulator the Commission for Health Improvement, which preceded the Care Quality Commission.

“We’ve got to get this right; it’s a pivotal part of the long-term plan”

Matt Hancock

Dr Navina Evans, chief executive of East London Foundation Trust, will lead on plans on how to make the NHS the best place to work, and chair of Health Education England, Sir David Behan, will front plans around technology skills and enablement.

Julian Hartley, a highly experienced leader who is currently chief executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, has been appointed to oversee the entire workforce implementation plan.

He said: “The delivery of the 21st century model of care described in the NHS long-term plan requires us to have a highly positive, engaged, improvement-focused workforce in a culture where everyone can develop and thrive.

“Only with great leadership and staff across the NHS can we deliver our ambitions for patients and I look forward to playing my part,” he added.

Mr Hartley was chosen to take on the role by Baroness Dido Harding, chair of NHS Improvement.

Health and social care secretary

Matt Hancock

Source: Department of Health and Social Care

Matt Hancock

He will serve as national executive lead for the NHS’s workforce implementation plan on a full-time basis until the end of March 2019 before returning to his job at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Dr Yvette Oade, chief medical officer and deputy chief executive at the trust, will cover him in the interim.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said he was “delighted” that Mr Hartley would be leading the work. 

Mr Hancock added: “We’ve got to get this right; it’s a pivotal part of the long-term plan and will ensure we have a sustainable workforce that is supported, valued and respected.”

Baroness Harding said she wanted the plan to be developed as ”inclusively and openly as possible”.

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