Simon Stevens (civil servant)

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Simon Stevens is a health manager and politician. His appointment[1] as Chief Executive of NHS England with effect from 1 April 2014 was announced in October 2013, succeeding David Nicholson. He was said by the Health Service Journal to be the second most powerful person in the English NHS in December 2013, even though he had not yet taken up his appointment.[2]

Early life[edit]

Simon Stevens was born in born in Shard End, Birmingham, England 1966 and educated at St Bartholomew's Comprehensive School, and Balliol College, Oxford.

Labour Party[edit]

He was a Labour councillor for Brixton, in the London Borough of Lambeth 1998–2002.

From 1988 to 1997 he worked as healthcare manager in UK and internationally. In 1997 he was appointed Policy Adviser to two Secretaries of State for Health (Frank Dobson and Alan Milburn) and from 2001-4 was health policy adviser to Tony Blair. He was closely associated with the development of the NHS Plan 2000.


From 2004-6 he was President of UnitedHealth Europe and moved on to be Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement and then President, Global Health, & UnitedHealth Group Executive Vice President of UnitedHealth Group. In October 2013, the speaker biography of Stevens for a health networking conference read, "His responsibilities include leading UnitedHealth’s strategy for, and engagement with, national health reform, ensuring its businesses are positioned for changes in the market and regulatory environment."[3]

While in the USA he continued to write articles about the NHS.



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  2. ^ "HSJ100 2013 The annual list of the most influential people in health". Health Service Journal. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Simon, Stevens. "Speaker Biography, World Congress". Retrieved 26 October 2013 (archived).