Notes to editors
1) The report, Leadership vacancies in the NHS: what can be done about them? was produced by The King’s Fund in partnership with the HSJ Future of NHS Leadership inquiry.
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The research is based on in-depth interviews and a Freedom of Information request. The FOI request was sent to all acute, mental health, community and specialist acute providers in England. Responses were received from 134 acute trusts (94.4 per cent), 56 mental health trusts (100 per cent), 19 community trusts (100 per cent) and 18 specialist acute trusts (100 per cent). Alongside the FOI request, The King’s Fund carried out in-depth interviews with voting executive board roles.
2) The HSJ Future of NHS Leadership inquiry was launched earlier this year and will report in 2015. Its members are: Sir Robert Naylor, chief executive of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (chair); Stephen Dorrell, MP for Charnwood and former chair of the House of Commons Health Select Committee; Dr Sam Everington, practising GP and chair of Tower Hamlets CCG; Richard Lewis, partner and health leader, EY; Dame Gill Morgan, chair, Foundation Trust Network; Professor Laura Serrant, professor of community and public health nursing and director of research and enterprise in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton; and Dr Emma Stanton, chief executive, Beacon UK and psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The inquiry is investigating what leadership the NHS requires to thrive now and into the future. Its website, from which responses to its public call for evidence can be made, is www.hsj.co.uk/future-leaderships
3) The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible care is available to all.