Two new senior clinical posts have been created at Health Education England in a bid to link quality of care with future education and training.

A medical director and a director of nursing have been included in the organisational structure for HEE, which was published last week.

The two directors will attend HEE board meetings and be a part of the senior management team. Both posts will be within a directorate of education and quality.

HEE chief executive Ian Cumming said: “Health Education England exists for one reason alone which is to ensure that the highest possible quality of care is delivered to patients. To deliver on this promise, it is important we have clinical leadership at the heart of everything we do.

“The professionals that we appoint into these roles will be responsible for giving valuable clinical input at our senior management and board meetings as well as locally, nationally and internationally and will help ensure the organisation delivers on its pledge to become a high profile innovative leader in education and training for the entire health workforce.”

HEE, which was created as a special health authority in June, is responsible for providing education and training for the health workforce. It will have a budget in 2013-14 of £5.5bn.

Funding will be allocated to 16 local education and training boards from April next year. These provider-led bodies will independently commission training and education in their regions to deliver against national and local needs.

It is hoped the new system will lead to better workforce planning for the NHS as providers will have a greater role in setting priorities and need.

HEE’s organisational structure is now available at