08 Jun 2022
by The Homecare Association

A landmark review into health and social care leadership led by General Sir Gordon Messenger and Dame Linda Pollard was published today.

The Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said the Government is accepting all seven transformative recommendations put forward by the review, in a wide-ranging shake-up of health and social care leadership. 

Most recommendations relate to the NHS, but some are broad enough to encompass social care:

  1. Targeted interventions on collaborative leadership and organisational values, including a new, national entry-level induction for all who join health and social care and a new national mid-career programme for managers across health and social care.
  2. Action to encourage positive equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in leadership practice, standards, enforcement of existing measures and an enhanced role for CQC.
  3. Consistent management standards delivered through accredited training in the NHS.
  4. A simplified, standard appraisal system for the NHS.
  5. A new career and talent management function for NHS managers.
  6. Effective recruitment and development of non-executive directors (NEDs).
  7. Encouraging top talent into challenged parts of the system.

The review team met over a thousand frontline staff, managers and leaders across health and social care to hear their views on improving the skills of leaders and managers and putting the right culture, training and incentives in place.

A delivery plan is to accompany the report.

Press release: Biggest shake-up in health and social care leadership in a generation to improve patient care

Report: Health and social care review: leadership for a collaborative and inclusive future

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