NHS England funds £2 million to boost system-wide leadership development

NHS England has funded a £2 million programme to help 23 areas kick-start or boost leadership development activities to support and inspire workforce in health systems across England from GPs, consultants and therapists to nurses, social workers and managers.

The programme builds on learning from five successful leadership models: Frimley Health and Care 2020 Programme, Surrey Heartlands Academy, Fylde Coast 100 Systems Leader Programme, North Cumbria and Leading Greater Manchester.

Their results have shown the importance of equipping individuals with the right skills necessary to drive change and identify new ways of working and collaborating with health, social care and third sector organisations.

The funding will support systems to develop locally tailored programmes, investing in both newly established and experienced leaders to increase their system leadership capability.

Full detail at NHS England

Developing an organisation-wide approach to improvement

The Improvement Journey. Why organisation-wide improvement in health care matters, and how to get started | The Health Foundation

This new report from The Health Foundation is a practical guide to developing an organisation-wide approach to improvement. It shows why this approach is critical to becoming a high performing organisation and delivering the NHS Long Term Plan.

Drawing on learning and insights from the Health Foundation’s work in quality improvement and beyond, the report shows how a sustained approach requires corporate leadership and investment in infrastructure, staff capability and culture over the long-term.

Key points

  • Building an organisation-wide approach to improvement is a journey that can take several years.
  • An essential early step is securing the support and commitment of the board for a long-term programme, including their willingness to finance the skills and infrastructure development needed to implement it.
  • The report includes case studies of three English NHS trusts with an outstanding CQC rating that have implemented an organisational approach to improvement.

Full report available at The Health Foundation

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Good nurse leadership linked to safer outcomes

NIHR | March 2019 |Staffing on wards Making decisions about healthcare staffing,
improving effectiveness and supporting staff to care well

A major themed review from the NIHR- Staffing on wards Making decisions about healthcare staffing, improving effectiveness and supporting staff to care well– uses research from the NIHR to explore staffing on wards.  The review focuses  on staffing within 24-hour care inpatient facilities designed to provide health rather than social care. 

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Staffing on wards Making decisions about healthcare staffing, improving effectiveness and supporting staff to care well identifies three challenges:

  1. Understanding ward staffing
  2. Shaping the team
  3. Managing the team and the ward

It presents recent evidence evidence from National Institute for Health Research
(NIHR)-funded research, including studies on the number of staff needed, the support workforce and the organisation of care on the wards.

Full details from NIHR 

Staffing on wards Making decisions about healthcare staffing, improving effectiveness and supporting staff to care well

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Empowering NHS leaders to lead

New publication looks at the key challenges faced by executive leaders across the NHS and makes recommendations on how best to support NHS leaders | Department of Health and Social Care

The Department of Health and Social Care has published Empowering NHS leaders to lead. This review, led by Sir Ron Kerr, explores three key challenges faced by executive leaders across the NHS:

  • the expectations and support available
  • alignment of performance expectations at the organisational and system level
  • level of administrative burden placed upon leaders.

The report makes a number of recommendations to address these challenges.

Full document available here

Leading as a junior doctor

Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

This toolkit is designed to help junior doctors build, sustain and run their own local leadership and engagement structures. It includes a number of case studies which showcase good practice from across the country as well as some practical guides to help with the day-to-day management of these groups. The toolkit also summarises the relevant academic literature and explains how different local leadership structures relate to existing contractual requirements.

New chair appointed to improve patient access to innovation in the NHS

Lord Ara Darzi has been appointed as chair of the Accelerated Access Collaborative, a joint government–industry group to speed up patient access to ground-breaking technologies and treatments.

The Accelerated Access Collaborative brings together leaders from the NHS, industry and government to identify the most transformative medical innovations, and will oversee a fast-track route to allow these innovative technologies to be available on the NHS up to 4 years earlier.

Under this Accelerated Access Pathway, launching later this year, a number of the most promising products will be accelerated through the clinical development and NHS approval processes to treat conditions such as cancer, diabetes and dementia.

The project builds on an £86 million funding package to help innovators of all sizes gain access to the NHS market and get their products to patients.

Lord Darzi is a former minister at the Department of Health and Social Care, chair of Imperial College Health Partners, and chairman and director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation.

Full story at Department of Health and Social Care

Learning from vanguards

The NHS Confederation has published the following briefings sharing learning from vanguards:

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