Recommendation 170

Composition of Health Education England board

Accepted
Health Education England should have a medically qualified director of  medical education and a lay patient representative on its board.

Health Education England employs a medically qualified Director of Education and Quality who is responsible for all professional education and training. Professor Chris Welsh currently occupies this post and is supported by a Director of Nursing and a Director of Medical Education. He took up this post in April 2013. Health Education England also has a clinically qualified Director of Nursing and Medical Director.

Mary Elford has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director for the board of Health Education England and will have a specific focus on the interests of patients and service users. She began in this role on 1st September 2013. Mary will chair Health Education England’s new national patient forum, to incorporate the views of patients into the education and training programme.

Update

Health Education England employs a medically qualified Director of Education & Quality who is accountable for all professional education and training.  Professor Wendy Reid currently occupies the post of Director of Education & Quality and Medical Director; this role is supported by the Director of Nursing, Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt.  Wendy assumed the responsibilities of Director of Education & Quality in April 2014 following the retirement of Professor Chris Welsh.