The health service journal (UK) has released its list of the 50 most influential Health Sector figures who will exercise the most power and influence in the NHS and in health policy over the next 12 months. This is the first time such a list has been presented and is produced at a time even more critical due to the ongoing pandemic. UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak is a notable absence on this list whilst Manchester United Footballer Marcus Rashford to some may be seen as a surprise inclusion. His campaign on extending school lunches was successful and indeed earned him an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).
Here is a full list of the top 50 (In alphabetical order)
- Dr Kamran Abbasi, executive editor for content, BMJ
- Lord Victor Adebowale, chair, NHS Confederation
- Dr Shahed Ahmad, national clinical director for cardiovascular disease, NHS England and Improvement
- Nadra Ahmed, chair, the National Care Association
- Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, shadow health minister and hospital doctor
- Siva Anandaciva, chief analyst, King’s Fund
- Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, emeritus professor of nursing, University of West London
- Professor JS Bamrah, chair, BAPIO
- Millie Banerjee, chair, NHS Blood and Transplant
- Dr Sonji Clarke, consultant obstetrician, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust
- Yvonne Coghill, former WRES director
- Lord Ara Darzi, non-executive director, NHS England
- Dr Vin Diwakar, regional medical director, NHS London
- Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, chief midwifery officer, NHS England
- Jacqui Dyer, chair, Black Thrive
- Dr Navina Evans, chief executive, Health Education England
- Professor Kevin Fenton, London regional director of public health
- Marie Gabriel, chair, NHS London People Board
- Martin Griffiths, NHS clinical director for violence reduction
- Dr Farzana Hussain, co-chair, PCN Network, NHS Confederation
- Prerana Isaar, chief people officer, NHS England
- Raj Jain, chief executive, Northern Care Alliance Group
- Professor Lord Ajay Kakkar, chair, UCL Partners
- Dr Nikita Kanani, medical director, primary care, NHS England
- Jinjer Kandola, chief executive, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust
- Professor Partha Kar, national specialty advisor on diabetes, NHS England
- Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive, Royal College of Nursing
- Ifti Majid, chief executive, Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
- Ramesh Mehta, president, British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
- Patricia Miller, chief executive, Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust
- Joan Myers, director and trustee, Florence Nightingale Foundation
- Dr Chaand Nagpaul, council chair, British Medical Association
- Habib Naqvi, incoming director, NHS Race and Health Observatory
- Anthony Omo, general counsel, General Medical Council
- Danielle Oum, incoming chair, Birmingham and Solihull MHFT
- Ali Parsa, founder and chief executive, Babylon
- Dr Raj Patel, deputy national medical director of primary care, NHS England
- Helga Pile, deputy head of health, Unison
- Professor Mala Rao, senior clinical fellow, Imperial College
- Marcus Rashford, footballer and campaigner
- Steve Russell, chief executive, Harrogate and District Foundation Trust
- Joan Saddler, director of partnerships and equality, NHS Confederation
- Professor Laura Serrant, head of nursing, Manchester Metropolitan University
- Gurdas Singh, co-chair, BMA medical students committee
- Jagtar Singh, chair, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
- Professor Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health, Edinburgh University
- Richard Stubbs, chief executive, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network
- Sue Tranka, deputy chief nursing officer, NHS England and Improvement
- Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy CMO
- Owen Williams, chief executive, Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust
Compared to HSJ’s long-running HSJ100, women are much better represented – occupying 24 of the 50 positions.
In terms of ethnicity too, there was a relatively even split between those with African and African-Caribbean backgrounds and those of Asian ethnicity.
But one group stands out as particularly dominant.
There are 21 doctors in the top 50. This accounts for a much higher proportion than in, for example, the HSJ100.
However, looking deeper we can see that 17 out of the 21 medics are of Asian ethnicity, 18 if you count Armenia. It will surprise few to see that Asian doctors represent a sizeable power block in the NHS, but its dominance is still striking.
Perhaps the other standout finding is how many of the top 50 work in roles which – at least in part – involve lobbying for an improvement in the lot of BAME staff and, to a lesser degree, patients. A reminder perhaps that many BAME leaders are still in an insurgent rather an establishment role.
The full list with descriptions of each person on the list is found on the hsj homepage although it is behind a registration wall.