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NHS heads to be offered leadership training by HEE


2 December 2016

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Heads of regional plans aimed at overhauling NHS services will be offered leadership training from Health Education England.

NHS Improvement has released a new framework on helping NHS staff develop their leadership skills so they can cope with the changing demands of the health care system.

Developed in partnership with the Care Quality Commission, Department of Education and HEE, the framework outlines an “initial training offer” for sustainability and transformation plan leaders “to make sure their specific skill needs are met”.

Heads of regional plans aimed at overhauling NHS services will be offered leadership training from Health Education England.

NHS Improvement has released a new framework on helping NHS staff develop their leadership skills so they can cope with the changing demands of the health care system.

Developed in partnership with the Care Quality Commission, Department of Education and HEE, the framework outlines an “initial training offer” for sustainability and transformation plan leaders “to make sure their specific skill needs are met”.

Each of the 44 STPs have been assigned local partners to support this, while NHS Improvement’s Advancing Change and Transformation Team will guide system leaders on how to tackle large scale, multi-stakeholder challenges.

Furthermore, the NHS Leadership Academy, the Leadership Centre, Public Health England and the Staff College will offer a joint programme for anyone responsible for implementing part or all of an STP.

The programme will focus on what’s actually happening in services and implementing change.

The framework is aimed at creating five conditions that the organisation said is conducive to high quality and high performance.

The conditions proposed by NHS Improvement are:

  • Leaders equipped to develop high quality local health and care systems in partnership
  • Compassionate, inclusive and effective leaders at all levels
  • Knowledge of improvement methods and how to use them at all levels
  • Support systems for learning at local, regional and national levels
  • Enabling, supportive and aligned regulation and oversight

Marcus Powell, director of leadership and organisational development for The King’s Fund, said the framework offered a “springboard” to a new style of leadership in the NHS.

He said: “All too often, we see a directive style of leadership in the NHS that can get short-term results but does significant long-term damage.

“We see the results of this in the high numbers of NHS staff experiencing harassment, bullying or abuse, and chronically high levels of staff stress.

He added: “This has to start at the top, with senior leaders changing the way they work to be more compassionate, collaborative and inclusive.

“Leaders in the national bodies must also model this approach in how they work with the rest of the system.”

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