RCPCH President confirmed as NHS Assembly member

NHS Assembly has been announced to help deliver the NHS Long Term Plan in England, and the RCPCH President is "honoured and excited" to be supporting it.

RCPCH's President, Professor Russell Viner, has been confirmed as a member of the NHS Assembly, a group that brings together a range of individuals from across the health and care sectors to advise the Boards of NHS England and NHS Improvement on delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.

More than 500 people applied to sit on the Assembly, with the successful applicants chosen based on their individual knowledge, skills and experience.

The Assembly members are drawn from national and frontline clinical leaders, patients and carers, staff representatives, health and care system leaders and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

Professor Russell Viner, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), has been confirmed as a member and in response, he said:

Investing in the health of children and young people is an investment in the health of our entire nation. This was why we were extremely pleased to see child health at the core of the Government’s Long Term Plan when it was published earlier this year. However, as with any long term vision, it is important it is supported by professionals on the frontline and by the patients it serves.

The creation of this important group signifies the Government’s commitment to deliver its ambitious Long Term Plan in a way that is meaningful for clinicians and the public. I am honoured and excited to be supporting them achieve something that, if delivered in full, will undoubtedly improve the health and wellbeing of this country’s children and young people.