Chief Executive at NHS ConfederationRob joined the NHS Confederation as chief executive in February 2014. He has worked in healthcare since 1990, taking on national leadership roles in the Department of Health on policy, transformation and delivery. He has been a director for both the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit in the Cabinet Office, and a national public/private partnership.
Rob has also been a successful chief executive in the NHS, running commissioning organisations and providers of NHS services. He has chaired formal Cancer, Primary Care, Community Trust and Learning Disability Networks. He has a history of effective partnership working and a strong commitment to system leadership.
Rob is defined by a values-based approach to leadership. He was recently recognised by NHS Employers for his work as a "Personal, Fair and Diverse" Champion". Alongside his role at the Confederation, Rob is a visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University. He was proud to be made a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute in November 2014.
If we are to improve care to meet patients’ needs today, there are some simple things that we need to focus on
In my role I read a lot of commentary and reports about the NHS. Just last week I read about how NHS providers are “in a ditch”, how we have “spiralling” deficits and no plan to fill a “£22bn black hole” and that we need ”a better plan”. It’s always a gloomy picture and there is always an angle if you want to take it. My angle is that we have the biggest challenges for a generation and a huge consensus about how we address them. We should stop commentating on the state of play and get on with the game. That take leadership at all levels – of the kind being shown in Morecambe Bay Universities NHS Foundation Trust. If we are to improve care to meet patients’ needs today, there are some simple things that we need to focus on