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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Unless NHS leaders are prepared to change, reform from within will remain a distant dream, says Chris Ham.
Delivering innovations in the care of older people: an opportunity to brag, steal, learn and deliver?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Mandip Kaur reflects on Roger Kline's report on discrimination in NHS governance and leadership in London, and her own experience, to call for more action on difference and inclusion in the NHS.
Back in the summer of 2013, Jeremy Hunt announced a public consultation on a new plan to improve care for vulnerable older people. This was finally published last month, but what does the plan mean for older people's care?