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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ayesha Janjua welcomes the CQC's commitment to make understanding culture an important part of its regulatory framework, particularly as culture and leadership are so important to deliver high-quality compassionate care for patients.
Simon Stevens takes up his post as Chief Executive of NHS England today, with an inbox that will be full to overflowing. But what are the three issues that demand his immediate attention?
Diverse teams of health care professionals who have shared collective leadership are absolutely crucial to the leadership of today’s health service says Donna Willis.
Vijaya Nath reflects on our latest report on medical revalidation, and considers the effect on doctors going through the process.
Jeremy Hunt has asked Sir David Dalton to advise him how to make it easy for NHS 'super-heads' to take over struggling organisations. But will hospital chains work? Candace Imison looks at experience from the UK and abroad.
Following the appointment of Stuart Rose to advise on leadership in the NHS, Chris Ham reflects on whether the NHS can learn any lessons from the way Marks and Spencer operates.
Mindfulness – the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment – is a hot topic at the moment. But what is all the excitement about? And what does the practice have to offer health and social care?
Looking back, there has been welcome progress during 2013 but, for those of us who have advocated integrated care for some time, it is premature to declare victory, says Chris Ham.
We must change our language and behaviour about the capability of medical leadership, says Vijaya Nath.
Belinda Weir reflects on our women in leadership conference, which explored how to create cultures that redress the continuing scarcity of women leaders across the health care sector.