Our work with CQC on a tool to assess leadership and culture in primary health care

The King’s Fund is working in partnership with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to develop a
self-assessment tool aimed at improving leadership and culture in primary health care.

What are the next steps?

A pilot study of the Practice Leadership Assessment Tool (PLAT) is being undertaken with GP practices from February to April 2016, to evaluate its use as an improvement tool. Practices participating in the pilot will be provided with a confidential report highlighting good and outstanding aspects of their practice, in addition to showing where further improvements could be made.

The analysis of the pilot study will also inform whether, in future, the tool could be used to improve the quality of CQC’s assessment of how well-led practices are.

This project builds on the Fund’s culture and leadership work. We know that leadership is the biggest influence on culture in an organisation. Leadership in health care should be collective, meaning everyone taking responsibility for the success of the organisation as a whole – not just for their own jobs. It requires organisations to distribute leadership power to wherever expertise, capability and motivation sit within organisations, rather than centralising leadership power in a few individuals at the top of the organisation. It is through collective leadership that cultures of high-quality, compassionate and continually improving care will develop and thrive.

For further information please contact Julia Fernando, Senior Analyst, at PLAT@kingsfund.org.uk