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Leading health and care service

A timeline of health and care leadership developments in England

In September 2021, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, launched a review of leadership in health and social care, led by former Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Gordon Messenger, and Dame Linda Pollard, Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The review has been described by the Secretary of State as ‘the most far-reaching review’ of health and social care leadership since Roy Griffiths’ report in 1983, which led to the introduction of general managers in the NHS.

There have been a large number of reviews and other significant developments affecting NHS leadership in recent years and these are set out in this timeline. While we planned to include social care reviews, we found very few leadership initiatives for this sector.