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31st July 2014 | Comments: 4
Leaders across health and care agree that much more needs to be done to address the low representation of women in senior medical leadership roles.
31st July 2014
Over the past few years we have seen several high-profile failures of care in NHS acute hospitals in England, leading many in the system to question the ability of performance management and regulatory mechanisms to identify and act on poor performance.
22nd July 2014 | Comments: 1
If in 2013/14 the NHS struggled to maintain performance even with a recruitment round, the chances it can continue to do so with fewer, rather than more, staff look non-existent, says Richard Murray.
15th July 2014 | Comments: 4
In his new blog, Chris Ham discusses the recommendations of his review of staff engagement in the NHS. The review found compelling evidence that NHS organisations with high levels of staff engagement – where staff are strongly committed to their work and involved in decision-making – deliver better quality care.
10th July 2014 | Comments: 11
There has been a call for the most expensive assets in health care – the doctors – to step up and engage in management and leadership. We use the right words when writing about medical engagement but how do we move from rhetoric to reality and more importantly why should doctors embrace this responsibility?
9th July 2014 | Comments: 5
Relationships and people, not skills and authority derived from powers of office, are what’s important, says Mandip Kaur as she reflects on the responses we received during our Twitter debates on some of the challenges facing emerging clinical leaders.
8th July 2014 | Comments: 2
Although earlier rumours of the demise of the Better Care Fund – the government’s £3.8 billion pooled fund to promote integrated care – have turned out to be greatly exaggerated, the significance of the government’s latest announcement about the fund should not be.
3rd July 2014 | Comments: 2
If the third sector is to reach its potential in supporting a new health and social care system, then we should look to its leaders and think hard about their support needs.
1st July 2014
New organisational models for the NHS could bring benefits but it's the quality of leadership alongside a culture of excellence in performance and accountability for results that will be key, says Candace Imison.
23rd June 2014 | Comments: 3
In The Commonwealth Fund's comparative study of health system performance in 11 countries, the UK ranks first across a range of measures covering quality, access and efficiency of care. But can rankings only tell us so much?
19th June 2014 | Comments: 3
Are the days of the heroic pace-setting leadership of the NHS really behind us? Sarah Goodson reflects on discussions at this year's NHS Confederation conference.
18th June 2014 | Comments: 3
Unless NHS leaders are prepared to change, reform from within will remain a distant dream, says Chris Ham.
13th June 2014 | Comments: 4
We have ample evidence of what good care for older people looks like and numerous service models delivering it, yet we aren’t very good at disseminating good practice, and worse still at adopting and implementing improvements at scale and pace.
11th June 2014 | Comments: 5
What more is possible when leadership is shared with patients and service users? This was the question we posed at a roundtable event last month.
4th June 2014
Patient and Family-Centred Care is a simple, low-technology approach to patient-centred service improvement – Bev Fitzsimons blogs about the benefits of using the approach, following the launch of our new toolkit with the Health Foundation.
29th May 2014 | Comments: 8
In the run-up to the next general election, navigating the complexities of evidence and opinion on e-cigarettes will be key as the political parties start to develop their positions on public health, says David Buck.
21st May 2014 | Comments: 2
Collective leadership – planned, designed, developed and delivered – is the key to creating NHS cultures that deliver high-quality, compassionate and improved care for patients and communities, says Michael West.
19th May 2014 | Comments: 3
Leadership in NHS organisations needs to be collective and distributed rather than located in a few individuals found at the top of these organisations. Involving doctors, nurses and other clinicians in leadership roles is essential, says Chris Ham.
16th May 2014 | Comments: 8
Within the general population some people actively focus on reaching and maintaining good health, while others are more passive about the whole thing. So what makes the difference?
15th May 2014 | Comments: 1
In the past couple of weeks, ‘co-commissioning’ has emerged as the latest solution to the problems in primary care. But will it give patients, communities and clinicians ‘more clout’ in deciding how local services are developed, at a time when NHS finances are severely strained?

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