The Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell will take a leave of absence from his role as Chair of the NHS Confederation with immediate effect while he stands in the European Parliament election for Change UK.
Mr Dorrell is a former Secretary of Stace for Health and Chair of the Commons Health Select Committee. He has been Chair of the NHS Confederation since October 2015, and will be replaced on an interim basis by NHS Confederation trustee Owen Williams, who is Chief Executive of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. Mr Williams will fulfil his interim responsibilities at the NHS Confederation alongside his current role at CHFT.
The Board of Trustees of the NHS Confederation will review the arrangement following the outcome of the European Parliamentary election, which is due to be held on 23 May.
The NHS Confederation is a non-partisan health charity that brings together and speaks on behalf of the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The organisation has more than 500 providers and commissioners in membership, including hospitals, community and mental health providers, ambulance trusts and independent sector organisations.