Leadership Academy

Largest ever leadership programme to transform NHS culture announced

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Academy joins forces with globally-renowned institutions to offer transformational healthcare leadership approach 

The NHS Leadership Academy today announced who it will work with to develop the largest ever leadership programme, which is set to transform the working culture of the NHS.

Following an eight-month process, the Academy has chosen internationally-renowned academic institutions and high-performing firms to work together to roll out foundation, mid and senior level leadership programmes for up to 25,000 NHS staff, starting this September. The new approach will see a range of NHS staff – including doctors, nurses, Allied Health Professionals, healthcare scientists, and HR and finance staff – learn how to lead their teams and /or services to achieve better, more compassionate patient care.

The Academy is teaming up with renowned distance learning provider The Open University and global management consulting firm Hay Group to design and deliver the foundation level programme. The programme is for NHS staff aspiring to a role that involves leading others.

The mid-level programme, which is for those who manage teams and services, and senior level programme, for experienced individuals who aspire to executive level roles, will be designed and delivered by the Academy and KPMG, in conjunction with leading academic institutions Manchester Business School and the University of Birmingham.  The partnership will draw on its links with other world-renowned organisations, such as Line Communications Limited, Unspun Limited, Harvard University, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and University of Pretoria, in the design of the programmes.

The organisations were chosen through a competitive and rigorous tender process, which saw more than 30 organisations bid to be part of the consortia.

The three programmes will be centred on the patient perspective with the support of charities organisation National Voices and patients themselves. Leading clinicians and managers in the NHS will also support the design of the programmes.

They join other Academy programmes such as NHS Top Leaders to form a wider approach to leadership development covering entry to executive level roles.

Karen Lynas, Deputy Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy, said: “Our goal is for NHS patients to be treated in a culture of compassion, dignity and respect, and, as we have seen, this cannot be achieved if we don’t have appropriately-skilled leaders at every level of the service.

“We want all NHS staff to work in an environment of excellence in care, where they feel liberated to focus on those things that attracted them to work in the NHS: providing exceptional care to patients. We want to ensure that the pockets of excellence that already exist in the NHS become the norm, become what we expect our NHS to be. This requires support and development for all our leaders.

“The Academy will be working with globally respected academic institutions and high performing organisations with a history of leadership development to design and deliver three exceptional leadership programmes.”

Health Minister and NHS doctor Dr Dan Poulter said: “Robert Francis QC’s recent report into Mid Staffordshire demonstrated more clearly than ever the need for developing leadership in the NHS to bring about the change of culture needed to truly improve the quality of care for patients.

“The NHS Leadership Academy’s programmes will for the first time develop leaders in every profession and at every level to influence the culture and values of the NHS from ward to board. This is a key step in putting outstanding, compassionate leadership at the heart of our NHS.”

Sir David Nicholson, current NHS Chief Executive and Chief Executive of the NHS Commissioning Board, said: “The recent report into Mid Staffordshire highlighted in particular the key role leadership can play in improving the quality of care we provide in the NHS.

“The Academy’s three programmes for NHS staff will help us to do this and to create a level of culture change within the service, with leadership development for every profession and at every level. The programmes will reach every corner of the service so that outstanding, compassionate leadership is the norm, rather than the exception.”

More about the three programmes

The Academy’s three programmes will for the first time create a cadre of appropriately-skilled leaders at every level and from every professional background.

The emphasis in all three programmes will be on helping leaders in the NHS support their staff in delivering caring and compassionate services.

The foundation and mid-level programmes will have an academic award; a postgraduate certificate, diploma or master’s degree. Participants will undertake the programmes on a part time basis, alongside their existing roles.

The programmes and the Academy’s other development work form the largest leadership development approach in the world, in terms of reach.

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