The King's Fund responds to the government’s review of leadership in health and social care

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Commenting on the announcement of a new review of leadership in health and social care, Sally Warren, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, said:

‘As the health and care system moves away from a period defined by competition to one where collaboration and partnership working are much more important, it is useful to think about the leadership skills required now and in the future. 

‘We know that compassionate and inclusive leadership is key to successfully delivering good-quality care. It is critical that the review does not focus on efficiency at the expense of the leadership qualities needed to ensure that staff feel valued and able to deliver the best possible care.  

‘The history of the NHS is dotted with reviews of management and leadership by leading figures from outside the NHS that have failed to have significant impact, so the government will need to be clear what will be different this time. 

‘Leading health and care services is one of the most challenging leadership tasks in this country, so it is critical that this review ensures leaders feel supported to step up into these complex and demanding roles.’ 

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