Meet the NHS local growth adviser

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Michael Wood has worked as the NHS local growth adviser at the NHS Confederation since November 2015. 

Prior to this he was a senior European policy manager at the NHS European Office for more than seven years. He has also worked at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and for a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels. Michael works part time for the NHS Confederation, with his other role the deputy local growth consultant for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). 

Michael has extensive experience both within and outside the health sector. He has worked both nationally and locally with the range of NHS organisations for several years.

As NHS local growth adviser, Michael is often approached by partner organisations such as local and combined authorities, local enterprise partnerships, universities, further education providers and the voluntary and community social enterprise sector, to discuss closer working with the NHS.

He has worked with the national arm’s-length bodies, academic health science networks, clinical commissioning groups, and the range of NHS trusts to bring tangible benefits to the NHS.

Michael has a BA (hons) in politics with economics.

Get in touch

For an informal conversation or to arrange a board-level discussion about how the Confederation's local growth service can bring direct local benefits to your area, contact Michael at or phone 020 7799 8668.

Keep up to date by following @NHSLocalGrowth.

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