Three months after its launch, NHS Employers - the body responsible for HR and workforce issues in the health service - has already hit the headlines.
It is overseeing the implementation of the Agenda for Change pay system, due to be completed by September. Meanwhile, it recently announced a significant review of the NHS pension scheme which provoked union outcry last month.
All of which means that, just weeks into his new job, Steve Barnett, the director of NHS Employers, has an awful lot on at the moment.
Barnett joined from the Home Office at the start of the year and recognises that one of what he calls his "big challenges" is getting himself up to speed on these issues as rapidly as possible.
"I need to ensure this new organisation is up and running quickly, so that it has the necessary business infrastructure to operate properly and that we start to establish our credibility," said Barnett.
Credibility is the key priority for the new organisation. Its raison d'etre is to give employers more ownership of the workforce agenda, but questions remain as to how it will operate independently of Whitehall's influence. However, the omens are good.
"The early relationships we have had with the Department of Health have been mature, professional and based on a partnership approach," he said.
"Our core objective, to see the NHS as an employer of choice and an employer of excellence, are shared. So I don't anticipate that we are going to have any difficulties between ourselves and Whitehall."
Every organisation - whether operating in the public or private sector - aspires to become an 'employer of choice', but for the NHS it is doubly difficult given that the huge workforce is made up of very different and distinct groups working in a diverse range of environments.
Barnett said there are many employment practices in the NHS that would stand comparison with the best in other organisations. The level of investment in training and development or the policies around equality and diversity are excellent, he said.
The caveat here is to assume that from a central position you can make people change their employment practices and simply become 'world class'.
"It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of understanding about what being world class actually means," said Barnett. "But, as an aspiration, I believe it is realistic and it is something that should be central to the way employers in the NHS think."