Developing leadership that is 'fit for purpose' is often cited as the most common workforce challenge facing all sectors – public, private and not for profit. The health service needs to take this challenge seriously.
A recent report published by The King’s Fund highlighted worryingly high levels of board level leadership vacancies.
It found an increasing reliance on interim and expensive agency staff, with organisations experiencing a high turnover of senior leaders as the complexity of the health system increases.
This situation could easily worsen unless organisations have a strategy for developing future leaders.