Chair of Health Education England

Body: Department of Health and Social Care
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £63,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days per week


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Health Education England – chair

Sir David Behan has been appointed as Chair of Health Education England for 3 years from 1 December 2018.

The appointment will involve a time commitment of 2 to 3 days per week. Remuneration for the role will be at a rate of £63,000 per year.

This appointment is made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Governance for Public Appointments. The regulation of public appointments against the requirements of this Code is carried out by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The appointment is made on merit and political activity played no part in the decision process. However, in accordance with the Code, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Sir David has not declared any political activity.

Date: 15/11/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    28/08/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    15/11/2018 at 12:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Role and Responsibilities of the Chair of Health Education England


Ministers are seeking to appoint a new Chair of Health Education England (HEE). The Chair will lead the HEE Board and play a major role in setting the direction of the organisation.

Role and Responsibilities of the the chair

  •  Chair a major arms-length body with responsibility for supporting the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place
  • Lead and shape a board that effectively balances executive and non-executive responsibilities, and which ensures strong accountability to the Department. HEE will have a vital role to play, working in close partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, in ensuring that the new long term plan for the NHS and the five year financial settlement for the NHS is underpinned by robust and deliverable workforce planning
  • The role will include a particular focus on:
    • Overseeing strategic direction setting, including working collaboratively across a national system of several arms-length bodies as well as with key organisations across the social care system
    • Supporting and challenging the executive team
    • Performance monitoring and evaluating HEE functions
    • Ensuring effective induction of Non-Executives and the development of the Board as a whole
    • Ensuring propriety, probity and value for money
    • Working with the Chief Executive in accountability meetings with Ministers and officials


Person Specification

Qualities required for the role of the Health Education England Chair

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Essential Criteria

  • Able to lead a high-performing, large organisation, including through periods of change
  • Strong communicator, able to collaborate effectively across organisational boundaries to lead wider change in a large, complex system. They will be adept at building productive and constructive relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Able to drive forward the highest standards of Board level and public sector accountability, including strong financial governance, accountability, probity and propriety, and developing executive and board performance
  • Experience of workforce development and training for a large, multi-professional workforce. An ability to demonstrate openness to new ways of working and to innovation is also valued


Additional Information

HEE’s purpose and functions

HEE’s purpose is to ensure that the health workforce has the right skills, behaviours and training, and is available in the right numbers, to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement.

It has five key national functions, summarised as follows:

  • providing national leadership on planning and developing the healthcare and public health workforce
  • authorising and supporting the development of Local Education and Training Boards
  • promoting high quality education and training responsive to the changing needs of patients and local communities. This includes responsibility for ensuring the effective delivery of important national functions such as medical trainee recruitment and improving leadership capability
  • allocating and accounting for NHS education and training resources and the outcomes achieved
  • ensuring the security of supply of the professionally qualified clinical workforce

In December last year, HEE published Facing the facts, Shaping the Future: a draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027 the first workforce strategy that spans both health and care, building on Government’s ambition to have a truly integrated healthcare system. HEE will, on behalf of the national system, publish a final workforce strategy in 2018.   HEE has been a key partner in the delivery of the NHS Five Year Forward View and is a member of the cross-system Workforce Steering Group chaired by the Minister of State for Health.

Following the changes to student support for healthcare students in 2017, HEE no longer directly commission a range of non-medical pre-registration training courses. However, HEE continues to provide funding for clinical placements.

HEE’s budget for 2018/19 is: £4.3 billion programme funding and £62 million administration. The programme funding includes payments to NHS Trusts for the provision of clinical placements for healthcare students and payments to healthcare students.

HEE has a staff of 2,129 (WTE equivalent). The vast majority of HEE staff work in HEE’s local offices working with Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) and local health systems. The remainder are in HEE national directorates.

Legal Status and Governance

HEE was established as a Special Health Authority on 1 April 2013 and became a non-departmental public body from 1 April 2015 under the provisions of the Care Act 2014.

The Care Act 2014 sets out the functions and constitution of Health Education England and those of its Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) in Part 3 Chapter 1 and Schedules 5 and 6.

HEE’s system of governance is based on the standard element of a statutory integrated board with a single Accounting Officer and national Executive Directors.  In addition, four LETBs are constituted as committees of the HEE Board based on regional areas with 34 Local Workforce Advisory Boards (LWABs) mapped to the footprint of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).

Chair and Board

The current Chair is Sir Keith Pearson JP DL. He was appointed in 2012 and his term of office ends in 2018.

Regulations specify the number of NEDs that HEE and its LETBs must have, including how many must have clinical expertise. Additionally HEE has appointed an Associate NED to provide expert knowledge of equality and diversity issues in the NHS. The new Chair will play a leading role in recruiting to the NED positions that will become vacant in 2019.

Role of Department of Health and Social Care

The Secretary of State remains responsible for ensuring that there is an appropriate education and training system. HEE’s NEDs are accountable to the Chair of HEE who is accountable to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and subsequently Parliament for the delivery of HEE’s objectives, outcomes and expenditure. HEE reports annually to the Secretary of State and Parliament on its performance in the delivery of its functions.

The Department of Health and Social Care has a role in sponsoring and supporting HEE. HEE’s objectives are set on an annual basis in the Mandate. A published framework agreement sets out HEE’s relationship with the Department, and there are quarterly reviews of how HEE has performed. The Chair is required to provide annual and financial reports to be laid before Parliament.

The Mandate for 2018/19 is currently being finalised and is expected to be published, subject to cross Government clearance, before summer recess. The Framework Agreement has been refreshed for 2018 – 2021 and will be published alongside the mandate. 


How to Apply

Making an application

Thank you for your interest in the appointment of the Chair to Health Education England.

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to: – please quote ref: E17-44 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email you may send your application by post to:

Julia Peters Department of Health and Social Care, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE

Applications must be received by midday on 28th August 2018.

In making an application please note the following:

Supporting letter

The supporting letter is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in the person specification. It will benefit the Advisory Assessment Panel if you can be clear which particular evidence you provide relates to which criteria. Providing separate paragraphs in relation to each criterion is common practice. Please write all acronyms in full first.

Please ensure your full name, the role to which you are applying and the corresponding reference number for the post are clearly noted at the top of your letter.

Please limit your letter to two pages, and type or write clearly in black ink.

Conflicts of interest

If you have any business or personal interests that might be relevant to the work of Health Education England, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your supporting letter.

If appointed, you will also be required to declare these interests on appointment and they will be entered into a register which is available to the public.

Standards in public life and ensuring public confidence

Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of the public and Government. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to Ministers or Health Education England or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue/s in your supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media.

The panel may explore any issues you declare with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment.

Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment being terminated, as those who hold public appointments are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of corporate and personal conduct, and are required to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies, as part of agreeing to the terms and conditions of appointment. You can access this document at:

There are also circumstances in which individuals may not be considered for appointment, due to them not meeting certain eligibility criteria for appointment. For further information, please refer to Section 2.3: Disqualification from Appointment.


 Please ensure your CV includes:

  • Your full name, title, home address, personal contact telephone numbers (land line and mobile) and personal email address
  • Similar contact details for two referees who will support your application. One referee should be the person to whom you are/were accountable in your current/most recent appointment or position of employment. Please indicate the relationship of each referee to you. References will be requested for short-listed candidates prior to interview
  • Brief details of your current or most recent post and the dates you occupied this role. Please identify any past or present Ministerial appointments.

Monitoring form

Please complete the monitoring form. Diversity monitoring information will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel assessing your application.

If you are appointed to this role, please note that any political activity you declare will be published in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Department of Health and Social Care operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Under the GIS a disabled candidate will be selected for interview if they meet the essential criteria for the post.

If you wish to apply under the GIS please complete the GIS form and return it with your application.

All applications will be acknowledged by email after the closing date.



For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Julia Peters

Public Appointments & Honours Team

Tel: 0113 254 5350



For further information regarding the role of Health Education England and the role of the chair please contact:

Alan Robson

Tel: 0113 254 6891



Please quote reference E17-44 on all correspondence.

If you choose to apply, we would like to thank you in advance for your time and effort in making an application.



Monitoring Form
Guaranteed Interview Scheme
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