A review of leadership in the NHS

This project has been completed

The 2012 leadership review examined the concept of leadership for engagement in health care, promoting engagement within teams, organisations and across the system to drive improvement.

The 2012 Review final report

Leadership for engagement and improvement: together we can front cover

The final report was published in May 2012 and is available to download and order now.

Read the report: Leadership and engagement for improvement in the NHS: Together we can

We also commissioned a series of supporting papers by leadership and policy experts (which are available to download with the report.)

Other related work

Highlights of the NHS Leadership and Management Summit

Catch up with the key sessions from our Second Annual NHS Leadership and Management Summit, where the Leadership Review was launched.

Watch the highlights of the Leadership Summit

Medical leadership video interviews

Professor Richard Bohmer, International Visiting Fellow, conducted interviews with three prominent leaders in this area, Professor Chris Ham, Sir Robert Naylor and Paul Zollinger-Read to better understand the history and challenges of medical leadership and engagement.

Watch the three short videos on medical leadership

Leadership in the NHS lecture series

The King's Fund hosted a series of lectures on leadership for engagement. Featuring Ciarán Devane, Elisabeth Buggins and Richard Bohmer, they were designed to stimulate debate around this theme.

Watch the highlights of these leadership lectures

Why were we looking at leadership in the NHS?

Following last year's successful Commission on Leadership and Management in the NHS, including the publication of the report The future of leadership and management in the NHS: No more heroes and our first annual NHS Leadership and Management Summit with the Secretary of State, we instigated a further review on the theme of leadership for engagement.

Last year the commission's report concluded that the challenges facing the NHS require leaders to engage with staff and those outside their organisation in different ways. A distributed leadership approach is needed - one that moves away from the concept of the superhero chief executive toward leadership which is demonstrated at all levels and across organisational boundaries.

What did this review examine?

In 2012, we used our review to examine the concept of leadership for engagement in health care.

The new work encompassed engagement and relationship-building across a range of dimensions within the NHS, including leaders engaging staff, the public and patients; and NHS leaders engaging partner organisations in developing leadership across systems of care in order to:

  • understand/clarify the value of engaging leadership in the NHS
  • provide case studies and recommendations to support the further development of leadership for engagement in the NHS.

Further information

For more information on the review, leadership lectures or summit please contact leadershipreview@kingsfund.org.uk