HSJ’s round-up of Monday’s must read stories

Arise, Sir Chris

The NHS has got used in recent years to people called David getting knighted at new year and on the Queen’s birthday, but that tradition has been broken in the latest honours list.

Instead, Chris Wormald, the Department of Health’s permanent secretary, will be going to Buckingham Palace to be made a Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath – an honour reserved for civil servants.

Mr Wormald has been at the DH since May 2016, having previously been permanent secretary for the Department for Education, and held senior roles in the Cabinet Office, and at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Meanwhile, Sir Michael Rawlins – Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency chair and founding NICE chair – has had his gong upgraded to a Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire.

Other NHS figures on the honours list include Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust chief executive Louise Shepherd (CBE); NHS Confederation boss Niall Dickson (CBE); Thomas Whitfield, finance director Leeds Teaching Hospitals; and Dr Nikita Kanani, chief clinical officer Bexley CCG (MBE).

Ted Baker well suited to be chief inspector

A knight soon to make his exit from the regulatory frontline is Professor Sir Mike Richards, who will retire as chief inspector of hospitals next month.

His successor will be Professor Ted Baker, his current deputy at the CQC.

Professor Baker has been Sir Mike’s deputy since January 2014, and has previously worked as medical director and deputy chief executive at leading hospital trusts.

He has a lower public profile than Sir Mike – who has worked at the top level of the NHS nationally for many years – but the appointment brings continuity of clinical leadership at the CQC.

There have also been significant changes at NHS England with a restructuring of its national senior management teams.

Matthew Swindells’ directorate covering operations and information has been expanded, giving it the largest brief and overall responsibility for the delivery of the Five Year Forward View. This includes STPs, accountable care systems, and new care models.

The directorate will include clinical programmes and primary care, along with specialised commissioning, which previously reported to medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, who is stepping down later this year.

Michael Macdonnell, previously NHS England’s director of strategy, is moving into the new role of director of system transformation, focused on developing integrated health systems and incorporating work on new care models.

Finance director Paul Baumann and chief nursing officer Jane Cummings are also taking on more responsibilities.

The restructure aims to reflect and support a shift in NHS England from planning and strategy to operational delivery of the forward view.