Leadership – values, mind-set and behaviours: Leadership lecture series

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About the event

This was the third in a series of three evening lectures on leadership that took place throughout 2014. These free-to-attend lectures were designed for clinical and managerial leaders in health care and each one explored a different concept of leadership.

This final lecture of the series was given by Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. David talked about his experience of leadership in the NHS under the title Leadership – values, mind-set and behaviours.


Sir David Dalton

Sir David Dalton has been a Chief Executive for 19 years – 12 of these at Salford Royal. He has a strong profile, both locally within Greater Manchester, and also nationally in the areas of quality improvement and patient safety.

Under Sir David's leadership, the trust set out its clear ambition to be the safest organisation in the NHS and has adopted a disciplined approach of applied 'improvement science' coupled with deep staff involvement.

His other interest is in sustaining an organisational culture which delivers high reliability of clinical standards, this has included supporting clinical leaders and creating a new framework for aligning an individual's contribution to the goals and values of the organisation.

Sir David chairs a network organisation of Foundation Trusts - NHS QUEST- which aims to achieve unprecedented levels of quality improvement and he is Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network, which aims to improve health through better adoption of evidence of best practice.

He received his knighthood in the New Year's Honours List 2014 for his services to the NHS.

Sir David has been chosen by the Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, to lead the Dalton Review into how leading NHS hospitals can expand their reach to benefit more patients.