Responding to the announcement that NHS England and NHS Improvement chief executive Sir Simon Stevens is to leave the organisation, NHS Confederation chair Lord Victor Adebowale said:
“Sir Simon Stevens has made an immense contribution to the NHS and the health of people living in England. When he told me he was leaving, I responded that I’d seen him walk on Lake Windermere so many times.
“He is a singular figure, who has made the case for investment in health and healthcare with determination and skill, and with a remarkable personal resilience. His personal commitment to addressing inequity in our workplaces and communities, which long predates the agenda of the last 12 months, has been striking, but so has the breadth of his focus and impact across the NHS.
“The integration agenda and the NHS response to the pandemic will stand as a particular testament to his leadership. As the main architect of the NHS Long Term Plan, he has left a lasting legacy for the NHS, as we move into a new era based on collaboration and partnership.
“The NHS Confederation both extends our thanks to him and also our best wishes for the future.”