While the NHS has a total budget in excess of £100bn per year it often gets forgotten that over 60% of it is spent on staffing. Senior programme lead Sam Peate considers why investing in our people is more critical than ever.
There are 1.3m reasons to ensure that frontline leadership makes a difference.
So what’s the first thing to spring to mind when you think of a ‘NHS leader’? A faceless middle aged white man hidden away in an office..? A master delegator of face to face engagement (because it’s someone else’s job isn’t it…)?
I’ve been reading the news over the last few months which is littered with stories of the NHS like ‘preparing for the worst winter on record’, news around the junior doctor strikes and the funding deal struck by Simon Stevens.
Times are tough within the NHS at present. This is not something that is new to us but something that appears to be the norm.
Where would we be if people didn’t take risks or do something slightly different? Whilst the festive season has been a time of celebration, it’s also been a time of reflection on what has happened in the previous year and what we hope the next will hold.