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NHS Confederation unveils pick for next chief executive


12 January 2017

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NHS Confederation has appointed the former head of the General Medical Council as its next chief executive.

Niall Dickson, who was chief executive of the GMC for the past seven years, also served as the head of The King’s Fund and worked as the BBC’s Social Affairs Editor.

During his time at the GMC, Dickson delivered many reforms including expanding its responsibilities for medical education and training, introducing revalidation in 2012 and language checks for doctors from Europe in 2014.

NHS Confederation has appointed the former head of the General Medical Council as its next chief executive.

Niall Dickson, who was chief executive of the GMC for the past seven years, also served as the head of The King’s Fund and worked as the BBC’s Social Affairs Editor.

During his time at the GMC, Dickson delivered many reforms including expanding its responsibilities for medical education and training, introducing revalidation in 2012 and language checks for doctors from Europe in 2014.

He said: “The health and social care system is under massive strain facing unprecedented demand and severely constrained funding.

“It’s a great privilege to join the Confederation as it works with its members and partners to deliver better, safer care and the fundamental reforms that are needed to make the system sustainable.  

Stephen Dorrell, NHS Confederation chairman, said: “Niall will help ensure the NHS Confederation remains the first port-of-call when the health service needs a voice, binding in the highest levels of experience and influence across the full spectrum of health and care services.

“He brings with him a diverse range of skills and experience including superb leadership, a strong record of innovation and delivery, and a raft of invaluable contacts and carefully nurtured relationships in key areas.

Dickson will take up his new post from 1 February.

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