Edmonstone, J (2014) What is wrong with NHS leadership development? British Journal of Healthcare Management, 19 (11). ISSN 1358-0574

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2014 will see the advent of a new fast-track leadership development scheme (costing some £10 million) for the NHS in England which aims to combine development for senior NHS clinicians with advancement for managers from outside the NHS. Following completion of this 10-month programme the expectation is that participants will be ‘rapidly promoted’ into senior management and chief executive roles (Lintern, 2013). This is in addition to the £46 million to be invested in leadership development through the NHS Leadership Academy in what they describe as a ‘professionalised and standardised’ approach to leadership, based upon acquisition of academic qualifications, which are intended to become essential criteria for those applying for future NHS leadership roles. This article suggests that the approach adopted is based on unrealistic assumptions about leadership and leadership development and therefore will not make a significant difference to leadership in healthcare. It also outlines what needs to be done to ensure that the development of healthcare leadership is successful.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: health services management, NHS
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 15:28
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 09:49
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/465

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