Sir Simon Stevens is to stand down as chief executive of NHS England at the end of July, HSJ can reveal.
He has held the post for seven years, leading the NHS through some of the most difficult periods in its history.
The government has announced he will become a member of the House of Lords. But senior sources have told HSJ Sir Simon does not have another job immediately lined up, and is planning to take a break before starting another role. His planned departure has been rumoured in NHS circles for the last two years.
In a message to staff this afternoon, seen by HSJ, Sir Simon wrote: “Many of you have of course been expecting this — after all I took up this post on 1 April 2014.
“Back then, I answered the call with my eyes open, knowing about impending NHS funding pressures, the controversy at the time over the recently passed 2012 legislation, and the need to fundamentally reorientate the strategic direction of the NHS.
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