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NHS Confederation chief executive appointed as Visiting Professor


NHS Confederation chief executive Rob Webster has been appointed as a Visiting Professor to the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett University.

Visting Professor Rob Webster

NHS Confederation chief executive Rob Webster has been appointed as a Visiting Professor to the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett University.

Rob joined the NHS Confederation as chief executive in February 2014, having worked in healthcare since 1990, taking on national leadership roles in the Department of Health on policy, transformation and delivery. He has been a Director for both the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit in the Cabinet Office and a national public/private partnership. Rob has also been a successful chief executive in the NHS, running commissioning organisations and providers of NHS services, most recently in Leeds.

Commenting on the appointment at Leeds Beckett University – previously Leeds Metropolitan University – Rob said: "I have worked closely with the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences over a number of years. I am looking forward to working with a progressive and innovative university as it enters its next phase of development as Leeds Beckett University. Leeds is well placed to ensure that transformative change in health and social care is informed by high quality education and research and Leeds Beckett has a significant role to play. I am delighted to be joining the University at such a pivotal time for the city and for the NHS."

Professor Ieuan Ellis, Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett, added: "I am absolutely delighted that Rob is joining Leeds Beckett University in this visiting professorial role. His appointment enables our students, staff and stakeholders to benefit from his insightful thought leadership and extensive experience and skill in leading and managing innovative and transformative change in and across health and social care. Rob is a passionate advocate of a value-based and person-centred approach to improving health and social care and embodies these values in his leadership style. He is at the forefront in leading and strategically influencing government for high quality, financially sustainable reforms to deliver effective integrated health and social care via the '2015 Challenge'. 

“We look forward to working with Rob to ensure we maximise the contribution and impact of our Leeds Beckett educational and research expertise to support transformative change in health and social care, in and for the Leeds City Region, nationally and internationally.”

Rob has also chaired formal Cancer, Primary Care, Community Trust and Learning Disability Networks. He has a history of effective partnership working and a strong commitment to system leadership - including as one of the founders of Leaders for Leeds and a committed player in the Leeds Innovation Health Hub. Rob is defined by a values-based approach to leadership and a high regard for research and evidence. He was recently recognised by NHS Employers for his work as a "Personal, Fair and Diverse" Champion".

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