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Reviews will help boost NHS leadership

Two new reviews aim to improve leadership in the NHS as well as help the health service to make best use of leaders helping to turn around struggling trusts.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the two reviews, which will be led by Sir Stuart Rose, former M&S chairman, and Sir David Dalton, chief executive of Salford Royal NHS FT.

Sir Stuart will consider how the NHS can improve its organisational culture through leaders being more visible and in touch with frontline patients and staff.

Additionally, he will advise the NHS on how to attract and retain the best leaders and look at the current challenges facing staff.
“Clearly the NHS is a very different institution from M&S, but leadership, motivating staff and creating a culture where people are empowered to do things differently are crucial to the success of any organisation, and I’m looking forward to helping in any way I can,” comments Sir Stuart.

Sir David will consider how successful leaders could take on struggling trusts, and how to develop a national network of hospitals and services to support this. This could help to end the isolation of failing trusts, and is a key recommendation from the Francis review.

He says: “The NHS is making encouraging progress in identifying great care but also in dealing with sub-standard care – but in order to take the next decisive step forward, we need to create new NHS organisational models which allow for the best care found in successful NHS Trusts to be extended to those hospitals who experience difficulty in meeting standards for patients.

“I am delighted to accept the Health Secretary’s invitation to examine how strong and stable leadership from our managers and clinicians can make a positive impact. We need to see how we can spread best practice and make more use of both our talented people and reliable systems, for the benefit of more patients.”