Nigel Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords and works mainly on international development and global health. From 2000 to 2006, he was both Chief Executive of the NHS, the largest health organisation in the world, and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health and led major reforms in the English health system
His latest book 24 Hours to Save the NHS - the Chief Executive's account of reform 2000 to 2006 tells the inside story of the NHS Plan reforms and draws out the lessons for the future. He argues that furter radical reform is needed if the NHS is to remain affordable and sustainable and that other countries can learn from the experience in England.
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His earlier book Turning the world upside down - the search for global health in the 21st Century provides an overview of global health and describes what richer countries can learn about health from low and middle income countries - without richer countries' resources and vested interests many countries are innovating and developing effective new approaches. It takes further the ideas about mutual learning he developed in his 2007 report for the Prime Minister, Global Health Partnerships and shows how this will shape healthcare in the future.
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He has a particular interest in human resources and partnerships. In 2007 he co-chaired an international Task Force on increasing the education and training of health workers globally with Commissioner Bience Gawanas of the African Union. Its report, Scaling up, Saving Lives, sets out practical ways to increase the training of health workers in developing countries.
He subsequently founded the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance with Dr Velepi Mtonga, the Honourable Anderson Chibwa, Dr David Percy and Susana Edjang in 2009 in order to implement some of the Task Force proposals and assist the Zambian Government to increase the numbers of health workers trained in the country.
Nigel Crisp chairs Sightsavers International, is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has many other affiliations.
A Cambridge philosophy graduate, he worked in community development and industry before joining the NHS in 1986. He has worked in mental health as well as acute services and was from 1993 to 1997 the Chief Executive of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust, one of the UK’s leading academic medical centres.