On his first day as NHS England chief executive, Simon Stevens has promised to ‘think like a patient’ and calls for a “team effort” to ensure the survival of the health service.
As Simon Stevens takes up the role of chief executive of NHS England today, he will make a speech vowing to “think like a patient, act like a tax payer” as he works to steer the NHS through the troubled times ahead.
Stevens, who takes over the top job from Sir David Nicholson, has released the details of his upcoming speech in which he declares his “guiding principle” to be “walk in the shoes of the people we serve.
“Think like a patient, act like a tax payer.”
In his speech, which will be delivered following a visit to health care services in the north of the country, Stevens will accept that the “stakes have never been higher” for the NHS and identify areas of priority to be targeted in the months and years ahead.
Among the areas for action, Stevens will stress that handling the issues connected with the ageing population is key and will require the NHS to “radically transform how care is delivered outside hospitals”. He will call on patients and carers to “help redesign care” and declare that an “NHS with a ‘like it or lump it’ attitude will simply not survive”.
His other areas of attention are expected to be “action to raise standards of care for older people, better joint working between health and social care, and new models of care delivery harnessing new advances in medicine”.
Stevens, whose previous job was with a private healthcare firm in the US, is also expected to stress the importance of team work in handling the difficult years ahead for the NHS.
“Successfully navigating the next few years is going to take a team effort – involving the biggest team in the biggest effort the NHS has ever seen,” he will say.
“Amazing, one in three of the children born across England this very day are likely to live to celebrate their 100th birthday. Our mission is to ensure that a caring, compassionate and modern NHS is there for them throughout their lives, every step of the way.”