A dialogue with Simon Stevens: One year on

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Simon Stevens joined us at this breakfast session to reflect on his first year in office and share his thoughts on the 'big ticket' items facing the NHS and on how board members as NHS leaders of commissioning and provider organisations can take steps together to improve care, and in so doing help to future-proof the NHS for years ahead.

He touched on the following strategic areas:

  • Outcomes-based commissioning – how do we become more sophisticated in our commissioning to drive up quality and value for patients and taxpayers?
  • Redesign of care delivery – a focus on greater flexibility to meet the diversity of needs of the people you serve.
  • Advances in modern medicine and its impact on care delivery.


Simon Stevens

Chief Executive, NHS England

Simon became Chief Executive of NHS England on 1 April 2014. He had previously spent 15 years working in the NHS and UK public service, and 11 years internationally. He joins NHS England from UnitedHealth Group, where, as president of its global health division, he has led health services in the United States, Europe, Brazil, India, China, Africa, and the Middle East. Previously he was the organisation's Medicare CEO, commissioning publicly funded health care for millions of older Americans.

From 1997 to 2004 Simon was the Prime Minister's Health Adviser at 10 Downing Street and policy adviser to successive health secretaries at the Department of Health. Prior to that he held a number of senior NHS roles in the north east, London and the south coast – leading acute hospitals, mental health and community services, primary care and health commissioning. Simon joined the NHS through its Graduate Training Scheme in 1988.

Simon currently volunteers as a member of the board of directors of the Commonwealth Fund, an international health philanthropy. He has previously also served as a trustee of The King's Fund and a director of the Nuffield Trust, as well as a local councillor for Brixton and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.