Grayling will provide maternity leave cover for the foundation’s head of public affairs Natasha Gorman. The organisation had initially attempted to recruit internally but then decided to draft in external support.
At the Labour Party Conference this week, it held a fringe event as part of The Health Hotel alliance on patient safety in hospitals.
It also has an ongoing programme to develop exceptional nurses, clinicians and managers as ‘leaders’ to drive through change and impart their knowledge across the industry.
The Health Foundation distributes £15m a year through its programmes.
‘The foundation is gaining a good reputation as an influential organisation that is in tune with the health agenda,’ said Grayling director Tanya Joseph, who leads a five-strong team on the account.