Simon Stevens will retire as NHS CEO in July

Elias Hubbard
April 29, 2021

Sir Simon Stevens will step down as head of NHS England at the end of July and become a peer, the government has announced on Thursday (29).

Sir Simon had planned on leaving the position earlier, but agreed to continue last winter.

Downing Street said the Queen had been pleased to confer a life peerage on Sir Simon following his decision. He will sit as a crossbencher, according to an NHS England spokesman.

"Our amazingly successful NHS Covid vaccination campaign is well on track to have offered every adult their first jab - and everyone aged 50 plus their second booster shot - by the end of July".

"I want to thank him personally for his service to the NHS in England, and I wish him all the best for the future including his new role in the House of Lords".

The Prime Minister said Sir Simon had led the NHS "with great distinction".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was among those who paid tribute to the Sir Simon's work during his time as NHS England chief.

Sir Stevens has spent more than seven years in his current role and helped oversee significant change across the health service, from service delivery and structural changes through to increased focus on the NHS' environmental impact.

And former health secretary Jeremy Hunt, chairman of the health and social care committee, said he should feel "extremely proud" of his role in the NHS response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After becoming chief executive of the NHS in 2014, Stevens was knighted in 2020 for services to health and the NHS.

He has worked as a frontline manager leading hospitals and health facilities across the country, including general manager for mental health services at North Tyneside and Northumberland and group manager of Guys and St Thomas' hospitals in London.

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