69 Facts About Simon Stevens

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Simon Laurence Stevens, Baron Stevens of Birmingham, was born on 4 August 1966 and is a British public policy adviser, former CEO, and independent member of the UK House of Lords.

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Simon Stevens served as the eighth Chief Executive of the National Health Service in England from 2014 to 2021.

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Simon Stevens first joined the NHS in 1988, and worked at the Department of Health and 10 Downing Street, as well as internationally, including in Guyana, Malawi, and in the United States.

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Simon Stevens served as a senior executive at the UnitedHealth Group from 2004 to 2014, an American for-profit managed health care company which offers health care products and insurance services.

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Simon Stevens was a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics from 2004 to 2008.

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Simon Stevens was born in Birmingham, England, the son of a Baptist minister and a university administrator.

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Simon Stevens was educated at a state comprehensive, St Bartholomew's School in Newbury, Berkshire, and won a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, where he was elected president of the Oxford Union.

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Simon Stevens later received an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and was a Harkness Fellow at Columbia University, New York.

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Simon Stevens's wife, Maggie, is a public health specialist from New York City, and board member of the West London Synagogue.

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Simon Stevens started his NHS career on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme at Shotley Bridge General Hospital, the largest employer in Consett, County Durham, after the closure of the steel works.

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Simon Stevens was then appointed group manager of Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals in London before moving to New York City Health Department.

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Simon Stevens served as a senior government policy adviser for seven years from 1997 to 2004: first to successive Secretaries of State for Health at the UK Department of Health, and then as senior policy adviser in the Number 10 Policy Unit to Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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Simon Stevens was closely associated with the development of the NHS Plan 2000.

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From 2004 to 2014, Sir Simon Stevens was a senior executive at UnitedHealth Group.

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Simon Stevens was a director of Brazil's largest hospital group AMIL.

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Simon Stevens was instrumental in establishing an academic institute to publish information about the costs of US health care.

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Simon Stevens served on the boards of various non-profits, including the Minnesota Historical Society; the Minnesota Opera; and the Medicare Rights Center, as well as the King's Fund and the Nuffield Trust.

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Simon Stevens frequently gives evidence to the Public Accounts Committee, the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee, and other Parliamentary committees.

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Simon Stevens has used the statutory independence of NHS England to speak openly about NHS funding and reform.

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Simon Stevens is a natural and persuasive leader who exudes quiet confidence.

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21.

Simon Stevens is regularly interviewed on the BBC, ITV, Sky News, Channel 4 News and The Today Programme, as well as The Andrew Marr Show.

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Simon Stevens established a ring-fenced fund within NHS England worth £680 million annually for innovative new medicines, particularly for rare conditions.

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Simon Stevens has actively promoted genomics, and cell and gene therapies on the NHS.

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In March 2021 Simon Stevens announced that NHS England had successfully negotiated a confidential deal to make available a gene therapy said to be "the most expensive drug in the world" with a reported list price of £1.

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Simon Stevens launched an international research partnership on early cancer diagnosis using advanced blood tests.

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Simon Stevens publicly refused to accept the prices US drug company Vertex initially wanted to charge the NHS for its cystic fibrosis drugs, until the company eventually agreed a confidential discounted deal for UK patients.

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Simon Stevens accused Essential Pharma of "using the cover of coronavirus to try and price-gouge British taxpayers".

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Simon Stevens has pushed the use of AI and Machine Learning in healthcare and NHS England is hosting a new £250 million NHS AI Lab.

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In 2019 Simon Stevens added: "Anything that gives homeopathy a veneer of credibility risks chancers being able to con more people into parting with their hard-earned cash in return for bogus treatments which at best do nothing, and at worst can be potentially dangerous".

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Simon Stevens later warned patients not to believe claims that homeopathic 'duck extract' was an effective covid treatment.

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31.

Simon Stevens was responsible for the Five Year Forward View produced by NHS England in October 2014.

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Simon Stevens has argued that government pay freezes for NHS staff, made to achieve cost savings, threatened the NHS's ability to recruit and argued that NHS wages should keep pace with the private sector.

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Simon Stevens has told the BBC that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the move to integrated care:.

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Simon Stevens subsequently introduced shorter waiting times standards for mental health services, directed that each year local mental health spending must rise faster than overall NHS funding growth, and then extended that commitment to primary care and community health funding.

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Simon Stevens has however recently challenged the longstanding assumption that this will mean there is a need for fewer hospital beds.

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Simon Stevens has announced a dedicated confidential national mental health support service for NHS doctors, and 40 new mental health hubs for NHS staff affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Simon Stevens is a supporter of expanded university places for the health professions such as undergraduate medicine and nursing, which could meet the "surge in interest" in these careers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Simon Stevens led the introduction of an NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard to track and improve the experience and fair treatment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff across the health service, and agreed to create and fund the NHS Race and Health Observatory.

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Simon Stevens has pushed to give local communities more control over national budgets, including stronger 'Devo Manc' regional powers for Greater Manchester.

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Simon Stevens has repeatedly argued for the importance of social care.

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41.

Simon Stevens did so against the backdrop of a Vote Leave poster which had promised £350 million a week for the health service and which, he said, the "public want to see honoured".

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Simon Stevens's call was widely supported both inside the NHS and outside it, ranging from Brexit-supporting Jacob Rees-Mogg to the Remain-supporting general secretary of the TUC.

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Simon Stevens led the NHS' 70th anniversary celebrations, including giving the address on 5 July 2018 in the national service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.

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On 7 January 2019 Prime Minister Theresa May and Simon Stevens jointly launched the NHS Long Term Plan, co-authored in conjunction with patient groups and NHS clinicians.

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Simon Stevens came forward with proposals to substantially amend the government's previous 2012 legislation.

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Simon Stevens proposed - and NHS England then established - an 'NHS Assembly' to help steer implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan.

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Simon Stevens stated that improved vaccine supply for the second phase of the NHS vaccination campaign from mid-February to April 2021 would allow the NHS to further double the speed of vaccinations.

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Simon Stevens told MPs in January 2021 that COVID-19 could become a "much more treatable disease" over the next six to 18 months, raising the hope of returning to a "much more normal future".

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Simon Stevens allocated funding to establish the first NHS long COVID clinics.

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On 4 November 2020 Simon Stevens put the NHS back on its highest level of emergency preparedness, which was maintained until 25 March 2021.

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Simon Stevens gave the address at the national service of commemoration and thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on 5 July 2021, coinciding with the award of the George Cross to the National Health Service by Her Majesty the Queen.

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Simon Stevens has drawn attention to online sources of misinformation about vaccine safety.

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Simon Stevens has noted that "although nine in ten parents say they support vaccination half of them say that they have seen fake messages around vaccination on social media, " and "if parents are being told that their children shouldn't be vaccinated, it's as irresponsible as saying 'don't tell your children to look both ways before they cross the road on the way to school".

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Simon Stevens called on social media sites to take action against misleading and untrue health claims.

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Simon Stevens has spoken out against a "pandemic of disinformation" affecting uptake of covid vaccination in some communities and some countries.

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56.

Simon Stevens argues that "obesity is the new smoking" and has pushed for greater NHS, family, business and government action to tackle it.

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Simon Stevens initiated NHS England's work with local authorities and developers to 'design in' health promoting built environments, and launched the obesity-reducing NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme and later backed its national expansion.

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Simon Stevens has championed NHS work to cut sugary drinks and junk food from hospitals, and suggested there should be a national sugar tax.

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In 2020 Simon Stevens appointed an expert panel to develop a route map to decarbonise the health sector, and the NHS subsequently pledged to become the world's first healthcare system to cut carbon emissions to net zero.

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Simon Stevens has pointed to the growing problem of gambling addictions, and the predominance of sports-related gambling promotions.

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Simon Stevens has argued that the NHS – as the largest employer in Britain – is an 'anchor institution' in many local communities, and so needs to "get more creative in developing staffing and clinical models that will enable us to sustain services and consider second and third order effects in terms of jobs and economic impact and social cohesion".

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On 29 April 2021, the Queen signified her intention of conferring a Life peerage upon Sir Simon He was created Baron Stevens of Birmingham, of Richmond upon Thames, on 5 July 2021 and introduced to the House of Lords as an independent crossbencher on 6 July 2021.

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Simon Stevens made his maiden speech in the Lords on 7 December 2021.

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Simon Stevens spoke in favour of greater transparency in the letting of contracts to the private sector and a curb on the powers the bill gives to the health secretary and for strengthening provisions for social care and mental health.

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Simon Stevens proposed amendments to the Bill which would force the health secretary and each integrated care board to state each year whether mental health spending was increasing as a share of overall funding, and by how much.

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Simon Stevens joined with Andrew Lansley and Baroness Thornton in an amendment which would remove the clause which allows the health secretary to intervene in local service reconfigurations.

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Simon Stevens is an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford, of the Royal College of Physicians, and of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

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Simon Stevens was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Birmingham.

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Simon Stevens was knighted in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to Health and the NHS.

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