Dorrell to step down as chair of NHS Confederation

Stephen Dorrell will be devoting more time to politics

Former secretary of state for health Stephen Dorrell will step down from his role as chair of the NHS Confederation later this year, with the organisation set to begin the search for a successor.

Dorrell, who is also chairman of LaingBuisson, has been chair of the confederation since October 2015.

During his time he recruited chief executive Niall Dickson and helped to expand the organisation’s leadership role in the sector, ensuring that the confederation is well positioned to support its members – frontline organisations across the UK health service – as they move towards greater collaboration and system working.

Dorrell is also chair of the European Movement and earlier this year was a candidate in the European Parliament Election on the Change UK list in the West Midlands.

He plans to devote more time to political activities.

Dorrell said: ‘It has been a privilege and an honour to lead the NHS Confederation at this critical time in the evolution of the health service. I believe the only way the service will be able to meet the critical challenges it faces is if all parts of the system come together to work towards common goals.

‘I think the confederation is well placed to convene and support our members at both local and system level to find the right solutions that put the NHS on a more sustainable pathway. I know the confederation will continue to make a vital contribution, both in terms of our support for members and in speaking truth to power.’