Chris Ham

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Chris Ham

Born (1951-05-15) 15 May 1951 (age 67)
Nationality British
Other namesPolitical scientist (public health policy)
OccupationChief executive of the King's Fund

Professor Sir Chris Ham (born 15 May 1951), [1] CBE is a health policy academic who started life as a political scientist. He was chief executive of the King's Fund from 2010 to 2018. He was professor of health policy and management at University of Birmingham's health services management centre from 1992 to 2010. He was seconded to the Department of Health where he was Director of the Strategy Unit working with Alan Milburn and John Reid until 2004. [2]

Order of the British Empire British order of chivalry

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V and comprises five classes across both civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the recipient either a knight if male or dame if female. There is also the related British Empire Medal, whose recipients are affiliated with, but not members of, the order.

Health policy policy area, which deals with the planning, organization, management and financing of the health system

Health policy can be defined as the "decisions, plans, and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific healthcare goals within a society". According to the World Health Organization, an explicit health policy can achieve several things: it defines a vision for the future; it outlines priorities and the expected roles of different groups; and it builds consensus and informs people.

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He was said to be "unrivalled in his ability to distil and synthesise complex policy developments and present them in a clear and digestible manner for non-specialists" in 1999. [3] He is frequently called upon to chair large conferences on health policy in England.

He was said by the Health Service Journal to be the 38th most powerful person in the English NHS in December 2013. [4]

<i>Health Service Journal</i>

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In the June 2018 Birthday Honours he was appointed a CBE for his services.

The 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours are appointments by some of the 16 Commonwealth realms of Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries. The Birthday Honours are awarded as part of the Queen's Official Birthday celebrations during the month of June. The Queen's Birthday Honours for the United Kingdom were announced on 9 June; the honours for New Zealand were announced on 4 June and for Australia on 11 June.

He was appointed as independent chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire sustainability and transformation partnership in January 2019. [5]

Healthcare in the West Midlands is now the responsibility of five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG): Birmingham and Solihull; Sandwell and West Birmingham; Dudley; Wolverhampton; and Walsall.


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  1. "Birthday's today". The Telegraph . 15 May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014. Prof Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund, 62
  2. "Chris Ham (1992-2010)". University of Birmingham. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  3. "Distilled, aged and distinctive". Health Service Journal. 11 November 1999. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  4. "HSJ100 2013 The annual list of the most influential people in health". Health Service Journal . 11 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  5. "King's Fund chief to chair STP". Health Service Journal. 14 December 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.