The NHS Confederation has announced that Lord Adebowale CBE has been appointed as its new chair. He will take up his post in April next year and replaces Sir Andrew Cash, who has served in this role since Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell stood down in November and he will continue as chair until that point.
Victor Adebowale will join the NHS Confederation from Turning Point, the social enterprise organisation that provides health and care services in more than 300 locations across England, where he has been chief executive since 2001.
He is a Visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, a Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute, as well as an associate member of the Health Service Management Centre at the University of Birmingham. Furthermore, Victor served as a non-executive director on the Board of NHS England from 2012 to 2018.
In 2000, Lord Adebowale was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours List for services to the New Deal, the unemployed, and homeless young people. In addition, he was created a life peer in 2001 where he sits as a cross bencher.
Niall Dickson, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said, 'I am delighted that Lord Adebowale will be joining the NHS Confederation as our new chair.
'Victor is an experienced, passionate and exceptional ambassador for integration and for tackling health inequalities. He has been at the heart of healthcare policy for many years and has extensive experience not least in the community and voluntary sectors.
'His appointment comes at a critical time for health and care services as they come together to improve outcomes for their local populations. The NHS Confederation is changing to meet new challenges and Victor’s insight and his ability to speak truth to power will be invaluable.'
Lord Victor Adebowale CBE said, 'I am very pleased to have been appointed as the new chair of the NHS Confederation.
'Next year looks set to be an important year for health and care with a new Government to engage with, new investment coming in, new relationships to forge, and system-working continuing to take shape across the country.
'I believe the NHS Confederation is well placed to bring these various voices together, to speak up objectively and authoritatively on what matters most, and to support health leaders to find the right solutions.
'I am looking forward to meeting the Confederation’s various members, including its newer networks covering integrated care systems and primary care networks, so that we can speak with one voice and improve health and care for our local communities.'
Sir Andrew Cash, interim chair of the NHS Confederation, said, 'On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to warmly welcome Victor as the new chair of the NHS Confederation. This is a critical time for healthcare and the need for strong leadership across the sector has never been more important.
'As the NHS Confederation, we will continue to bring together our broad membership across providers, commissioners and increasingly, networks to find solutions to their common challenges and ensure that they are represented in key policy developments. Victor’s engaging approach, professional experience and focus on patients will be invaluable in helping us achieve this in the years ahead.'
The NHS Confederation is a non-partisan health charity that brings together and speaks on behalf of the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The organisation has more than 500 providers and commissioners in membership, including hospitals, community and mental health providers, ambulance trusts and independent sector organisations.