HEE to become ‘accountable to NHS Improvement’

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  • NHS chief executives told HEE will become accountable to NHSI
  • Statement says they will work more closely together
  • Leadership Academy will move to NHSI

Health Education England will be made “accountable” to NHS Improvement, chief executives have been told, as a number of measures are announced to create “a more coherent approach to workforce development”.

The organisations have confirmed a range of measures aimed at getting HEE’s work more lined up behind the NHS’s view of its pressing workforce problems, and saving costs.
A statement today said they would ”work more closely together to ensure the national workforce system is well aligned”. It pointed out that NHSI was “shifting its focus from regulation to improvement [including] the creation of a chief people officer role and a people directorate, which will be hosted by [NHSI] and will be responsible for providing a cohesive approach to recruiting, retaining, deploying and developing the current NHS workforce”.

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock mentioned the changes on stage to local NHS chief executives at an event about the NHS long term plan yesterday. The arm’s length bodies were not expecting the news, and it appears it may have been revealed mistakenly.

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Author: Dave West

Date: 23 October 2018

Source: HSJ