Patient-centred leadership: Rediscovering our purpose from the King’s Fund summarises the main findings of the Francis Inquiry into the failings of care at Mid Staffordshire in relation to NHS leadership and culture. It sets out what needs to be done to avoid similar failures in future, focusing on the role of three key ‘lines of defence’ against poor-quality care: frontline clinical teams, the boards leading NHS organisations, and national organisations responsible for overseeing the commissioning, regulation and provision of care.
Changing of the guard: lessons for the new NHS from departing health leaders a report from the Nuffield Trust identifies that the NHS is suffering a major loss of ‘corporate knowledge’ at a dangerous time of change. The three major themes that emerge are time, transparency, and clinical engagement.
The NHS Confederation has published Leadership in a matrix [pdf], by Ciarán Devine, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support and member of the NHS Commissioning Board, the first in a new series which will explore in detail the needs of future healthcare leaders in the new system.
There’s also a blog post on NHS Voices where Ciarán summarises his argument.