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The future of leadership and management in the NHS

At a time of enormous change in the NHS, leaders and managers have a crucial role to play. But what sort of leaders does the service need? Does the model, prevalent in public service over recent years, of the “hero” chief executive still hold sway?

The King’s Fund set up a commission on leadership and management in the NHS with a brief to:

·         take a view on the current state of management and leadership in the NHS

·         establish the nature of management and leadership that will be required to meet the quality and financial challenges now facing the health care system

·         recommend what needs to be done to strengthen and develop management and leadership in the NHS.

The commission invited submissions from individuals and organisations with an interest in management and leadership and commissioned papers from experts. The Future of Leadership and Management in the NHS: No More Heroes reflects the conclusions of the commission’s work.