Dr Gerada and former King’s Fund chief executive Professor Sir Chris Ham will chair the new NHS Assembly, which has been set up to advise the boards of NHS England and NHS Improvement on the plan’s implementation.
The assembly will be a forum made up of around 50 individuals, including national and frontline clinical leaders, staff and patient representatives, senior health and social care managers and leaders from the voluntary and social care sector. NHS England said the group would meet at regular intervals and that it expected those involved to ‘bring their experience, knowledge and links to wider networks to inform discussion and debate on the NHS’s work and priorities’.
NHS England is currently accepting expressions of interest from those interested in becoming a member of the assembly.
Dr Gerada was appointed clinical chair of the NHS Assembly and Sir Chris the non-clinical chair following a nationally-advertised recruitment process.
Dr Gerada was chair of the RCGP between 2010 and 2013 and still sits on the college’s council. She is a GP in south London and a partner in the Hurley Group, which runs a number of practices in the capital.
She is also medical director of the NHS Practitioner’s Health Programme (PHP), which she set up in 2008. PHP now also runs the GP Health Service, which launched in 2017 and provides support and treatment to GPs struggling with mental health issues, addiction and burnout.
Sir Chris was chief executive of the King’s Fund think tank from 2010 to 2018, following 18 years as professor of health policy and management at the University of Birmingham.
NHS England chair Lord David Prior said: ‘The long-term plan was drawn up by, and based on the contributions of, those who know the NHS best – staff, patients, the public and other health experts. The NHS Assembly provides a channel through which those voices can continue to be heard as we work towards delivering the ambitions that it sets out, and both Chris and Clare are exceptionally qualified to ensure that is the case.’