Leadership Development

Effective leadership has been identified as a key ingredient in modernising today’s health service. Better leadership means better patient care and improved working practices.

Spotting and developing confident leaders is a priority for us all if improving quality is our shared purpose.

Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive, NHS England.

In 2009, the Department of Health published guidance for planning leadership and talent development within the NHS. Inspiring Leaders: leadership for quality (PDF 1.7Mb) outlines priorities and responsibilities in developing effective leaders.


The following links offer sources or further information to help to develop your leadership and management skills:

academi wales

Academi Wales has been established as the Welsh public service’s centre for leadership excellence, providing access to cutting edge development opportunities for all public service leaders and managers, building capability, capacity and collaboration to deliver the best public services for Wales.

Assoc Business Schools

The Association of Business Schools is the voice for the UK’s Business Schools and independent Management Colleges and sets the agenda for business and management education in the UK within an increasingly international environment. It develops influential policies and promotes, communicates and lobbies on these at local, regional, national and international levels as appropriate. A List of Members provides links to over 100 organisations throughout the UK and the rest of the world.


The Centre for Innovation in Health Management at the University of Leeds is a network of doctors, public sector managers, organisational change consultants and academics, who are passionate about improving public services.  They undertake major pieces of academic research but also work with health and social care organisations to help create the conditions in which change occurs. They offer coaching, Board Development Programmes, a peer network for high-performing Boards, a performance management workshop and bespoke consultancy.


Cranfield School of Management is developing a range of key management themes that will enable you to easily access our latest thinking and output: the hot topics, key concepts, faculty, latest publications, articles and presentations.

Uni Birmingham

The Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham is one of the leading centres specialising in policy, development, education and research in health and social care services in the UK. HSMC’s prime purpose is to strengthen the management and leadership of these services and to promote improved health and well-being.


The Institute of Directors runs an extensive range of courses, conferences, seminars, development programmes and services specifically designed by directors for directors.

ihm logo

The Instituteof Healthcare Management is recognised as the largest representative organisation for individual healthcare managers in the UK. It offers a range of resources, events and networks to support management development on healthcare.


 The work of the National Audit Office covers a wide range of organisations under the responsibility of the Department of Health. It offers a range of expertise, guidance and toolkits relevant to managers in health and social care.

Leadership Academy

The NHS Leadership Academy’s Leadership Framework provides a consistent approach to leadership development for all staff in health and care irrespective of discipline, role, function or seniority and represents the standard for leadership behaviours that all staff should aspire to.  See also 360 Degree Feedback – an excellent way of ensuring you continue to develop as a leader.

Kings Fund

The King’s Fund offers leadership development programmes for individuals, teams and organisations within health and social care.  The King’s Fund can also provide in-house development programmes specific to the needs of your organisation.