The role of the chief executive in health care has never been more important. How we appoint to such posts – and help our chief executives to be successful ‘in role’ – is one of the NHS’s most important leadership issues.
The Aspiring Chief Executive programme is a collaboration between the NHS Leadership Academy, NHS Improvement and NHS Providers. It forms part of a fully resourced, strategic response to the challenge of how we identify, develop and deploy our most senior leaders. Together, these three organisations have designed and delivered a programme to prepare those with the potential to become chief executives in the next 12-24 months. As well as providing exceptional development, the programme will also assess your readiness to take up these demanding roles. Successful completion will lead to an NHS Leadership Academy Award.
The design is underpinned by wide support across the provider network and input from serving chief executives across the system. They answered two key questions: what do you wish you’d known and how do you wish you’d been prepared for your role?
The programme doesn’t just aim to develop leaders who can lead their own organisation to a high standard. It also places clear emphasis on working within a complex and increasingly integrated health economy. It will provide you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to play a full role in reshaping care systems to provide new, sustainable models of care based on patient need.
“A common story I hear from chief executives is that, even though they brought years of experience and talent into the role, when they started as a chief executive they were unprepared.
Our programme will support those with the talent to take up these big jobs and develop them both professionally and personally. We’ll also build in a demanding assessment process so that those completing the programme will carry an award showing they have been tested and are truly ready to lead provider trusts in the emerging world of integrated systems of care.”
Head of professional development, NHS Leadership Academy
At the end of the programme, participants will demonstrate their readiness to be an effective Chief Executive through: