As part of Health Education England (HEE), the NHS Leadership Academy’s philosophy is simple – great leadership development improves leadership behaviours and skills. Better leadership leads to better patient care, experience and outcomes. Our purpose is to work with our partners to deliver excellent leadership across the NHS to have a direct impact on patient care. We offer a range of tools, models, programmes and expertise to support individuals, organisations and local partners to develop leaders, celebrating and sharing where outstanding leadership makes a real difference.
To develop outstanding leadership in health, in order to improve people’s health and their experiences of the NHS. We’ll aim to do this by:
Quite simply, because there’s so much evidence connecting better leadership to better patient care.
Francis, Berwick, Keogh point to it and so does leading academic, Michael West. They all make the link between good leadership and making a positive difference to patient care, care outcomes and the experience of care.
And there is far too much evidence linking failure in leadership to failures in patient care too.
In fact, getting leadership right makes a very positive difference.
And it doesn’t happen by accident.
Recent research from the internationally respected Development Dimensions International (DDI) on global leadership showed a real problem with the perceived quality of leaders globally – it said there was no evidence that the high quality leaders we need in the NHS can be recruited from elsewhere.
The fact is, we are much more likely to be successful by deploying tactics to ensure we ‘grow our own’ more effectively and that the routine development of talented individuals, linked to career progression, becomes a core part of our business.
Although ambitious and innovative, the philosophy behind the leadership development principles of the Academy are simple and well proven:
Designed around a new model for leadership in healthcare, our ‘professionalisation’ of leadership agenda seeks to recognise the importance of leaders at every level in the NHS.
We want leaders to be appropriately qualified, prepared for and able to do the jobs for which they are applying.
Our programmes are already equipping leaders with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours they need to be successful. Over time we hope that these qualifications become the benchmark for readiness for a more senior position.