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HEE to be made ‘accountable’ to NHS Improvement

Health Education England (HEE) will be made “accountable” to NHS Improvement, the NHS bodies have announced, alongside a number of measures that will create a “more coherent approach to workforce development.”

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will be working with HEE and other partners to review the roles of the national organisations and their responsibilities as they all work to ensure “that the national workforce system is well aligned.”

The announcement from HEE said that the announcement of a long-term funding settlement, and a draft workforce strategy published last year, has “reinforced the importance of ensuring that national, regional and local organisations are working effectively together.”

Ian Cumming, chief executive of HEE said: “As set out in the draft workforce strategy HEE has always said closer alignment between service, financial and workforce planning is essential and I therefore welcome greater collaboration between the bodies responsible for these areas.

“At national, regional and local level NHS must have confidence that our organisations are working together on workforce challenges to support both day to day delivery and the long-term plan.

“The move of the NHS Leadership Academy to NHSI also allows the academy to align even more closely with NHSI’s responsibility for talent management.”

The report said that in light of the joint working arrangements between NHSI and NSH England, and the work to establish a 10-year plan for the NHS, the collection of NHS bodies have agreed a number of measures.

These include the HEE working jointly with NHS Improvement to develop its mandate for 2019-20, and the NHS Leadership Academy will transfer from HEE to the new collaboration between NHSI and NHS England, and HEE’s work.

Ian Dalton, chief executive of NHSI, said: “A strong workforce is critical to the future of the NHS.

“By integrating the work of HEE with NHSI, we will develop a more coherent approach to workforce development across the NHS.

“I look forward to building a closer working relationship with HEE and welcoming colleagues from the NHS Leadership Academy from next April.”


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