Government announces national NHS leadership academy

Authors: Helen Jaques 

Publication date:  12 Jul 2011

The secretary of state for health, Andrew Lansley, has announced a new national leadership academy that will provide all NHS staff the same opportunity to develop their leadership skills as non-clinical managers.

“By establishing the leadership academy I want to help all doctors and nurses develop the leadership skills they need to drive a truly world class NHS,” said Mr Lansley. “Frontline NHS staff have shown they can work smarter, be more responsive, and give patients better health outcomes. The challenge now is to make this the rule, not the exception.”

A report by the healthcare think tank the King’s Fund published earlier this year described the lack of involvement of doctors in management as “one of the defining weaknesses of the NHS over the decades” and recommended that doctors and other healthcare staff take up formal and informal leadership roles in the health service (BMJ Careers 18 May, [Link] ).

Commenting on the new leadership academy, Chris Ham, chief executive of the King’s Fund, said, “As our NHS Leadership and Management Commission found, the time has come to value the role of leaders and managers in the NHS. The establishment of the academy is a positive step in that direction, taking forward the National Leadership Council’s work and continuing to invest in future leaders.”

Helen Jaques news reporter BMJ Careers

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