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NHS Confederation appoints former GMC head as new chief executive

Organisation has confirmed appointment of former General Medical Council head Niall Dickson.
Niall Dickson

NHS Confederation has confirmed the appointment of former General Medical Council head Niall Dickson as its new chief executive.

He replaces interim head Stephen Dalton at the organisation, which represents 500 members across health and social care, including hospitals, community and mental health providers, and the independent sector.

Mr Dickson, who takes up his new post on 1 February, spent seven years as GMC chief executive. Before that, he held the same post at health think tank The Kings Fund.

Massive strain

The health and social care system is under massive strain, facing unprecedented demand and severely constrained funding, Mr Dickson said.

These are monumental challenges and there has never been a more important time for its various parts to come together locally and nationally.

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NHS Confederation has confirmed the appointment of former General Medical Council head Niall Dickson as its new chief executive.


Niall Dickson brings a wealth of experience to his new role.
Picture: Barney Newman

He replaces interim head Stephen Dalton at the organisation, which represents 500 members across health and social care, including hospitals, community and mental health providers, and the independent sector.

Mr Dickson, who takes up his new post on 1 February, spent seven years as GMC chief executive. Before that, he held the same post at health think tank The King’s Fund.

‘Massive strain’

‘The health and social care system is under massive strain, facing unprecedented demand and severely constrained funding,’ Mr Dickson said.

‘These are monumental challenges and there has never been a more important time for its various parts to come together locally and nationally.’

Previous achievements

During his time at the GMC, Mr Dickson oversaw the introduction of revalidation in 2012, the introduction of language checks for doctors from Europe in 2014, and the establishment of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

He also worked as a journalist, joining the BBC as a health correspondent in 1988, and holding the position of social affairs editor for BBC News from 1995 to 2003.


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