Sir Keith Pearson confirmed as Chair of Health Education England
Sir Keith Pearson has been confirmed as Chair of Health Education England (HEE). Sir Keith, currently Chair of the NHS Confederation, will head up Health Education England, the organisation that will provide national leadership to the new system of education and training in healthcare, when it is established in June 2012.
Health Education England is the new national leadership organisation – ensuring that education, training, and workforce development drive the highest quality public health and patient outcomes.
The purpose of the new organisation is to ensure that the health workforce has the right skills, behaviours and training, and is available in the right numbers, to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement.
Sir Keith Pearson said, “‘I’m delighted to have been asked to take on this important role. Health Education England will need to establish itself quickly so that it can take on its new responsibilities later this year. Working with Local Education and Training Boards, Health Education England must be seen to be progressive and innovative as we prepare the health workforce of tomorrow."
Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS said, “‘the experience Sir Keith brings to this role will provide a clear vision for Health Education England. He will lead the way to establish effective leadership and governance for the organisation and ensure early and successful relationships with key partners and stakeholders are made.’
Sir Keith will take up post as Chair of HEE from 28 June 2012 and will step down from his role as Chair of the NHS Confederation.