NHS staff to lead the NHS of the future

Published on Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:30
Posted by Scott Buckler

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley will today (Tuesday 5th July) mark the 63rd birthday of the NHS by announcing plans to help all NHS staff lead the service to become truly world class.

Speaking at ‘Change through Leadership,’ the Health Secretary will announce plans for a new national Leadership Academy. This means for the first time all NHS staff will have access to the same opportunities for developing their leadership skills, putting nurses, doctors and other clinicians on an equal footing with non-clinical managers.

Developing clinical leadership is crucial in giving frontline staff the skills they need to take advantage of their role in taking the driving seat in shaping a modern NHS for the future. The Academy will give doctors, nurses, and other NHS carers the skills they need to transform the NHS into a genuinely patient-centred service, in which different services work together to provide integrated care.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

"For 63 years the NHS has stood for fairness and compassion. It’s been a comfort to people through difficult times, a proud symbol of all that's great about our country, and a literal life-line for millions. NHS staff do an incredible job, from the doctors and nurses who save lives, to the health visitors who support families at home, to the porters and admin staff who keep the whole organisation working day-in, day-out.

"We can all be so proud that Britain's best-loved institution has been caring for people for more than six decades. But if we want the NHS to continue to be there for people in the decades to come, we need to modernise it.

"Because of what we’re doing today, the NHS will continue to thrive tomorrow, it will continue to be free at the point of use, and our children and grandchildren will be able to rely on it – just as we have done."

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

I was lucky enough to be born into a society with a National Health Service and I am committed to ensuring that it is protected for generations to come. Both as a patient and as Health Secretary I have seen the passion and dedication of staff across the NHS. I would like to join everyone else today in thanking them for their hard work as we celebrate the 63rd birthday of our National Health Service.

“It is this passion and dedication of NHS staff which we want to embrace and support through the NHS Leadership Academy. In Cambridge we have already seen huge improvements for people with diabetes thanks to frontline staff taking the lead and helping people manage their condition. By establishing the Leadership Academy today I want to help all doctors and nurses develop the leadership skills they need to drive a truly world-class NHS.

“Frontline NHS staff have shown they can work smarter, be more responsive and give patients better health outcomes. The challenge now is to make this the rule, not the exception.”

Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund said:

“The King’s Fund welcomes the establishment of the NHS Leadership Academy. As our NHS Leadership and Management Commission found, the time has come to value the role of leaders and managers in the NHS. The establishment of the Academy is a positive step in that direction, taking forward the National Leadership Council’s work and continuing to invest in future leaders.”

Frontline staff in Cambridge have shown the difference clinical leadership can make to patients through their work to improve care for diabetes patients. Doctors from Addenbrooke’s Hospital took the initiative to work with local GPs and invest in community care to improve glucose control in diabetics and to help improve self-management. As a result, inpatient admissions fell by 40% almost immediately. Based on the experience of this pilot, if rolled out it could save the NHS in Cambridgeshire around £5 million a year, extrapolated up for the rest of England, that could mean huge benefits for patients and an annual saving of £400 million.


Source: DH

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