Stephen Dorrell appointed new NHS Confederation chair

Stephen Dorrell

Former health secretary Stephen Dorrell has been appointed the new chair of the NHS Confederation.

In a parliamentary career spanning 36 years, the former minister and first elected chair of the Health Select Committee brings a wealth of experience and insight to the role in these challenging times. 

Critical time for the NHS

Stephen will be working alongside chief executive, Rob Webster, to provide leadership to the whole of the NHS Confederation group. He will work with the board of trustees to ensure the NHS Confederation continues to be a system leader and a representative voice of its members, while giving direct support for NHS leaders delivering the best possible care to patients. 

“I am delighted to have someone of Stephen’s calibre support the NHS Confederation as chair. His appointment comes at a critical time for the NHS. His skills and experience in working across the political spectrum will help to further strengthen our role as the only organisation bringing together and speaking on behalf of the whole health and care system," Mr Webster said on Tuesday.

"Stephen is picking up an organisation that is in good shape and I would like to thank Michael O’Higgins for all of his support in the last three years” 

'Trusted, credible and authoritative'

Stephen Dorrell said: “I have always enjoyed working with the NHS Confederation. It is a privilege to be chosen as the chair of a trusted, credible and authoritative organisation. I look forward to working with key players in the system and all of our members as we embark on a journey to transform patient care.”

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