It appears that Baroness Dido Harding’s comparatively short but intense stint in NHS leadership is coming to an stop.
HSJ uncovered these days that the moment she has served out a four-12 months expression as NHS Advancement chair in Oct, and obtaining become a little something of a pantomime villain for her job heading Exam and Trace through covid, she will not be searching for reappointment.
Although working as an extremely executive chair of T&T, it dawned on Baroness Harding, a previous senior company government such as as TalkTalk main government, that she didn’t genuinely significantly like remaining a chair after all.
So she utilized (quite publicly) to grow to be NHS England main govt, still was knocked out even just before the final spherical – probably, it has been speculated, since Sajid Javid, the new wellness and social treatment secretary, did not winner her as his predecessor could possibly have done.
The Conservative peer refused to give up her social gathering whip when Jeremy Hunt appointed her to NHSI in 2017, and her arrival attracted popular scepticism, alongside with political criticism. But she amazed more NHS leaders than was expected, bringing very energetic but also inclusive leadership to get the job done on an NHS people strategy. Unfortunately she hasn’t also been ready to provide with it the essential funding for teaching.
She knocked heads alongside one another to knock NHSI together with NHS England. This incorporated the departures of two of their most senior executives, Ian Dalton and Matthew Swindells. That paved the way for the recruitment of Amanda Pritchard, and by all accounts the joint NHSE/I leading group was performing substantially far better than it had ahead of (then Ms Pritchard went on to conquer the baroness to the NHSE main crown).
Covid changed almost everything, with Baroness Harding likely to guide Test and Trace in Could and soaking up titanic concentrations of criticism – some justified but not all for what was a task no one wanted – together with a great deal disagreeable abuse. There were also important tensions in between T&T and NHSE/I, as very well as other areas of the wellbeing services.
NHS England will get a statutory makeover in April future 12 months, formally merging with NHSI. The expression of Lord David Prior, present NHSE chair, terminates subsequent yr. If the write-up of NHSE chair is advertised, Baroness Harding could in theory throw her hat back again in the ring, but this is now thought to be terribly not likely.
A person, two, a few
The landscape of the NHS in Sussex is probable to seem extremely distinctive by this time upcoming 12 months as opposed to where it was in March.
A new megatrust – College Hospitals Sussex Basis Believe in – was shaped in April from the merger of Brighton and Sussex College Hospitals Have confidence in and Western Sussex Hospitals FT. Now it looks probably that the little Queen Victoria Medical center FT will merge as well following the boards of the two organisations agreed to do the job on a entire company case.
Governors at the QVH are anticipated to fight to sustain its independence but it would be surprising if they succeeded – in spite of them appearing to have the higher hand, with laws demanding mergers and acquisitions to be authorised by the council of governors.
This will go away just two acute trusts in Sussex – East Sussex Health care Belief is the other – and Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Have faith in serving communities in the north, these as Crawley. Sussex as a full has a population nudging 2 million but is split concerning a few leading tier area authorities and three scientific commissioning teams, with a single built-in treatment technique keeping it all jointly.
A few or 4 years ago this was a wellness procedure producing normal palpitations at the centre, with trusts dealing with money and high quality concerns and no feeling that there was a shared eyesight for the long term. That vision now appears to be clearer but information of what it could mean for individual expert services is still to arrive.