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HSJ 100 for 2017 sparks debate

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06 SEP 2017

When it comes to mediums with an eye on the NHS, it is fair to say that the HSJ 100 is eagerly anticipated in the healthcare sector.

One thing that the HSJ is well known for, perhaps even what it is best known for, is the fact that it produces an annual list of the 100 people who are said to hold the greatest influence over health policy in the United Kingdom and the NHS. It is understandable that these lists are held in high regard but that there is a lot of debate and discussion arising from the list. There will be certain people and certain posts that are automatically ranked highly but there are also many people who can positively (or negatively) impact on their rank by their actions or inactions.

In the 2017 list, it is probably no surprise that the top 2 positions are unchanged from the 2016 lists. Simon Stevens remains in first place and as the Chief Executive of NHS England; it is easy to see why he is in a position of power and influence. In second place is Jeremy Hunt, a position that he too held in 2016. The Health Secretary may not rank highly in many popularity polls but when you are drawing up a list of people who will impact on the direction of the NHS and what happens with healthcare in the United Kingdom, Hunt has to be quoted highly.

If you are more interested in change and movement, the rest of the Top 10 will make for interesting reading. David Williams remains in 7th place, again, not unreasonable for the Director General of Finance and NHS in the Department of Health but there have been some big jumps and people coming in from nowhere.

The Top 10 has two new entrants

There are two new entrants to the NHS and when you consider that political people can be parachuted into roles, this perhaps isn’t a shock to see people come into a high ranked position from out of the blue. Liz Truss is the highest new entry in the chart, coming in at number 8. Truss is the Chief Secretary in the Treasury, which is clearly a position of power and influence while Damien Green is just behind Liz, coming in at number 9. The First Secretary of State may be an honorific title but there is clearly scope for Green to influence decisions and he is well thought of by Prime Minister Theresa May.

In third place in the list is David Behan, the Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and he has risen seven places in the past year. With Behan receiving a knighthood in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List, it has been quite a year for him, with this ranking being another factor that will sit very strongly on his CV.

Given that the CQC has a responsibility to ensure that hospitals and healthcare providers provide a safe and effective level of service to patients, there can be no denying that Behan deserves to rank highly in the HSJ List.

While the Top 10 of a list gets the most attention, it is likely that the more important moves come further down the list, as these are the people who have been driving change and working hard to influence the NHS. At the top end, your position or job title ensures you will be well ranked but as you travel down the Top 100, you see people who are placing a great deal of time and effort into impacting on the NHS.

At Atlantis Medical, anything which helps people to focus on the healthcare service and what can be done to make changes in the industry has to be a good thing and the HSJ 100 is always a brilliant starting point for discussions about who and what is important in the healthcare sector.


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