Sir Keith Pearson confirmed as Chair of Health Education England

Sir Keith Pearson has today 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.

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. ‘

The key purpose of Health Education England will be to ensure that the healthcare workforce has the right skills, behaviours and training to support the delivery of healthcare and health improvement.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

‘I am delighted to announce Sir Keith Pearson’s appointment as Chair of Health Education England.  He has a breadth of experience and understanding of health and care professions which perfectly equip him for this challenging role.  Health Education England has strong support for its future role; and our ambitions for achieving excellence through education and training make this a key appointment for the future.’

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.

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