Headlines: February 21st, 2013

A leadership programme to support the Health Secretary’s commitment to transform the culture of the NHS will be launched in September It will involve 25,000 staff who are in key positions to transform the working culture of the NHS.

The NHS Leadership Academy will work with academic institutions and high-performing firms 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 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 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.