will develop the next generation of NHS leaders
A new NHS Leadership Framework, which will be the cornerstone for
leadership across all professions in the NHS, was launched today
by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.
The framework sets out what is vital for clinicians and other
professionals to lead and inspire. It will fundamentally underpin
the new structures that have already been announced as part of the
modernisation plans for the NHS.
In particular, by giving more support and power to frontline
staff, and encouraging new skills and behaviour, the framework
will create a focus for leadership development within all NHS
organisations. This will give clinicians the freedom to organise
themselves so that they can design better services and outcomes
This represents a great achievement for the NHS - to bring
together leadership principles and best practice guidance under
one umbrella that works across all clinical professions. This is
an essential part of the professional training of clinicians and
medics - key to the uptake of smarter and more efficient ways of
working to enable high quality healthcare.
Strong leadership will be particularly important to create an NHS
that is equipped to deal with the challenges the service faces –
namely an ageing population and the rising cost of treatment. The
framework will develop the skills of all NHS staff irrespective of
discipline, role or function so that everyone has a responsibility
to create a stronger NHS.
Speaking at the launch of the framework, Andrew Lansley said:
“I would like to thank the National Leadership Council for
developing the Leadership Framework. Effective and successful
leadership from all staff is crucial to the delivery of high
quality healthcare to counter the challenges we face.
“Leadership matters wherever there are decisions to be taken,
wherever there are examples to be set and people to lead – this
includes both clinical and non-clinical staff. The framework will
allow staff to work together to develop more efficient and
personalised care for patients in a modern NHS.”
Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of
the RCN said:
“We are very pleased to endorse this framework for the nursing
profession, which recognises the very great value of clinical
leadership in delivering the care of the future. We will be
integrating this framework into our work developing clinical
leaders, as it has obvious benefits for the delivery of care, the
development of staff, and above all the work of nurses in meeting
the demands of the modern NHS.
“Nurses have real insight not just into how care can be delivered
but how it must be designed, and we are fully committed to
supporting them to give the best possible leadership.”
Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson wrote:
"Strong, consistent leadership is essential in the NHS
and it is critical that we continue to support, develop and
nurture our current and future leaders.
“For the first time we have a leadership framework that sets out
guiding principles regardless of functions and roles, recognising
the core competencies we need in great leaders. I would like to
thank all those who have been involved in the framework's
development, this really is a major achievement."
The Framework is for healthcare staff at any stage of their
career and has been developed by the National Leadership Council
after extensive research and consultation with a wide cross
section of staff, patients, professional bodies and academics.
Notes to Editors
1. For more information on the NHS Leadership Framework, visit www.nhsleadership.org.uk/framework.asp
or contact the Department of Health newsdesk on 020 7210 5221
2. The framework builds on the competencies identified and
published in the Medical Leadership Competency Framework and the
Clinical Leadership Competency Framework.
3. The framework aims are to:
· Reflect the NHS constitution and values
· Reinforce the leadership behaviours required to modernise the NHS
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